The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
In 1995 French writer and journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke which left him afflicted with “locked in syndrome”. Trapped in his own body, he was only able to blink his left eye. Over time a communication technique was developed where a certain number of blinks represented a letter of the alphabet. Between 1995 and 1997 Bauby wrote “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” in his head, then dictated it a letter at a time. The book details his life, trapped in his own body, unable to move, and being completely helpless in the care of others. For example in one chapter he describes the madness of having a fly on his nose, but not being able to brush it off.
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" was published in 1997. Sadly Jean-Dominque Bauby died ten days later due to complications from his affliction.