From the Author
This story has been aching to be told for 17 years. I tape recorded all of my thoughts all those years ago because I knew I wanted to write a book. In the first couple of years after my illness, my journals reflected my yearning to make the book a reality. Yet, the job of motherhood took precedence over the role of writer.
If I had written the book in the years I was still recovering from this experience, the book would be empty of the wisdom that only time and healing brings. I was surprised by the emotions that hit me as I wrote each section of the book. Working through those emotions gave me a window into my past experiences and gave me a better understanding of where I was, and how it relates to my life now. I am grateful to be able to share my story to inspire others to continue to move the mountains in their life. Never give up!
From the Back Cover
"This stunning memoir almost defies description. Jan opens her life and heart to take us to the brink of pain and suffering, then emerges with her greatest teaching: gratitude. It's almost inconceivable, given her journey, that she portrays how precious life is. Her prose is beautiful, but it is her verse that has the power to alter your heart."
Paula D'Arcy, author of Gift of the Red Bird
and Waking Up to This Day.
isn't just one woman's story of tragedy and triumph; it is a story of moving more deeply into one's humanity- of embracing both the pain and joy of the human experience."
Page Lambert, Connecting People with Nature, Connecting Writers with Words
Author of In Search of Kinship.