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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Behler Publications (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933016116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933016115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,077,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kim Kircher has logged over six hundred hours of explosives control, earning not only her avalanche blaster's card, but also a heli-blaster endorsement, allowing her to fly over the slopes in a helicopter and drop bombs from the open cockpit, while uttering the fabulously thrilling words "bombs away" into the mic.

An Emergency Medical Technician, she has received both a National Ski Patrol Purple Merit Star for saving a life as well as a Green Merit Star for saving a life in arduous conditions. Before working in the ski industry, she received her BA and teaching certificate from the University of Washington, and taught high school English for five years. Her articles have appeared in River Explorer, Couloir Magazine and Off-Piste Magazine.

She is a current member of the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association and co-authors a blog about her job at Crystal Mountain Ski Area. Kim starred in a reality show about ski patrollers on the cable channel TRU-TV. Her husband's family owns and operates ten ski areas in the United States and Canada, including Crystal Mountain, where she was worked for twenty years.

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The Next 15 Minutes shows Kim Kircher's ability to pull yet another talent out of her crocheted hat-her writing ability.
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I was incredibly moved by the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kim Kircher's life has always been a bit of a balancing act. As a member of the ski patrol, she always has to balance her own safety with her ability to keep other people alive and well. On top of this, Kim has diabetes, so keeping her activity and blood sugars balanced is sometimes very difficult. Kim managed to keep things running fairly smoothly until her husband John's health began to decline. He had a liver disease, and this soon put him in a critical state. John desperately needed a liver transplant. Now they had to search for a living donor as trying to get a liver from a deceased donor would take longer than John had. Kim must used every bit of knowledge she's gained from her life and experiences on the mountains to help cope with what is happening.

This book was so inspirational! At first I thought I would have a hard time reading it because I did not understand skiing terminology. While the author tries to explain everything, I had a really hard time with it. However, I soon found myself having a fairly good understanding of what was going on, which made things so much easier to understand. I was incredibly moved by the story. Seeing Kim struggle with the realities of her husband's medical problems was sad yet heartwarming. She had so many things that helped her cope, and I think everyone can learn from those same coping strategies. One of the main ones as learning to take things in 15 minute intervals. In general the time interval is not the important part, but learning to take things one step at a time very helpful.

This would be wonderful book for anyone struggling with hard times, but it will probably be most helpful for people who are dealing with medical issues. It will help give inspiration and comfort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By snorting elk on November 4, 2011
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A moving story told by a ski patrol para medic about her experiences on mountain rescue,her own diabetes problems and her husbands liver transplant.The book should be of special interest to skiers and hikers in the Northwest.(Especially the Crystal mountain ski area) The medical aspects of the book are of interest to all who have or are going through diabetes or cancer.
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This riveting account of Mrs. Kircher's journey with her husband from adventuring skiers and successful business owners through life-threatening illness is peppered with both accounts of the toll the illness took on her husband and her own emotional response and their exciting lives.

Fascinating and inspiring. A great read!
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By Donna M Denham on November 28, 2012
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I bought it as I like books on moutain climbing even though I don't do it, I hike but not like these people. It shows me a side of someone who'll try and take on anything and that sometimes helps me in my life. I love the outdoors and the mountains so this just ties into my life somewhat. I only buy a book if after I read the back of it or in this case the description I'm left with I need to get it. I don't have again anyone that I'd tell them to get it as I don't know anyone who'll read it, maybe only people who like me love the outdoors and this is an extreme part of the world that only certain people like.
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Kim Kircher deftly draws parallels between her adventurous life as a ski-patroller and the year she spent navigating her husband's life-threatening liver cancer. She dealt with the long year of peril as they sought a liver donor by taking it in the same 15-minute increments that she used when dealing with life-threatening emergencies in the high country.

At Crystal Mountain ski resort, Kim was the queen of kick-ass: from throwing live bombs in an effort to start controlled avalanches, to rescuing critically injured skiers, to saving herself from a sudden avalanche. Kim and her husband John both lived life as a full-tilt action-adventure. This was partly because, between her diabetes and his longtime liver disorder, they both had a deep sense that life could end at any time and they wanted to live it to the last drop. The metaphors she draws between the risks of ski patrolling and the fear of losing a loved one are breathtaking. Here's just one: "And if it, like an avalanche, slowed to entomb me, I could teach myself to breathe slowly, squeezing the terrible future into manageable intervals until there was no sound or air to scream into."

I was enthralled during many a late-night hour reading about Kim's extreme skiing exploits and brushes with the infinite in the perilous beauty of the mountains. The dramatic year of her husband's illness lent those multiple narratives a moving and meaningful shape. By the time I finished with her book, Kim had reinvigorated my devotion to a life that is held both passionately and lightly. Her book serves as an uplifting reminder to pay attention to every gift, face each risk in the moment, and accept both the endless possibility and real limitations of being a mortal in the midst of a world of wonder.
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This memoir is so inspirational to those who are feeling overwhelmed in times of crisis. The author, Kim Kircher walks or skis you through her journey with her husband's diagnosis of cancer and how she could best deal with it just fifteen minutes at a time. To those who are dealing with this kind of adversity, you will find this read invaluable. She uses the knowledge she has learned as a ski patroller and EMT to break down the valuable "next fifteen minutes" into workable units of time that best serves the patient and herself as she struggles to be the best she can be. It is a "quick read" but one that will stay with you for years to come.
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