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When Pigs Fly Kindle Edition

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Length: 182 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Gretchen is an author and historian and has worked in the field of archaeology. She lives on the East Coast and enjoys walking on the beaches of the Outer Banks in North Carolina and the beaches of Italy and Greece. Jennifer is a writer and student of history. She also enjoys walking beside the ocean, but more importantly she is the mother of a beautiful five year old daughter.

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  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982999909
  • Publisher: History Sleuth (December 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A8ZTTA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,169,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gretchen, born in Virginia, has lived and traveled in the East and West of the United States. She loves to walk beside the waters of Italy, Greece, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina. An historian and archaeologist by training, she has written about early American artists such as Alfred J. Miller and Frank B. Mayer. A descendant of Danish/American authors, this is her first memoir. Written jointly with her daughter Jennifer Elisabeth Cooke Rinehart, When Pigs Fly is the story of Jennifer's "exceptional journey." It is a story of hope, laughter, love, humor, and determination. Animal lovers, she and Jennifer are both surrounded by their families of cats and dogs as they write.

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Jennifer was born with biliary atresia, a congenital birth defect, where the bile ducts do not develop normally or are blocked. This results in the inability of sufferers to extract sufficient nutrients from their food and causes liver damage due to the fluid build up. In 1972, when Jennifer was born, it was virtually a death sentence and Gretchen and her husband were told their daughter's life expectancy was only eighteen months. Unable to accept the devastating news, Gretchen agreed to let the surgeons try a new technique. A stoma that allowed the bile to drain from the liver to an external receptacle was fashioned in the hope that it would drastically reduce damage to Jennifer's liver. It was eleven months before Gretchen could take Jennifer home from the hospital, proper nutrition would always be an issue, as would the risk of infection, but Gretchen and her husband was determined to give their tiny daughter the chance to live. The stoma proved to be successful, until at eighteen, Jennifer's health began to decline rapidly. Only a liver transplant would save her life and give her the chance to achieve her dreams.

When Pig's Fly is a personal account of a difficult situation through which Gretchen displays determination and unconditional love in support of her daughter. Gretchen charts Jennifer's development and medical treatment with thoughtful reflection. Her voice is raw but it is honest and heartfelt.
Jennifer interjects with her own experiences of the struggles she faced medically, socially and psychologically. Despite her illness, Jennifer was encouraged to become an independent and live her life the best she could.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeleSkier on December 15, 2010
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This is a truly inspirational story about a family and friend's love for their daughter/wife/sister/cousin/grandchild/friend and the perseverance of an awesome young woman to not only defy the odds but thrive!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RetPoliceman on October 22, 2010
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This is a well written, heart-warming account of a winning struggle with a serious illness. A great story!
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By A.M Donovan on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
The prologue helps to pull you in to this enticing tale of onw families struggle with a medical situation that -so they are told- is a death sentence.
Narrated in the style of a family history (like what Grandma tells) with interjections by the (now, against all odds) grown daughter, the tale manages to tell of the struggle and heartbreak without dwelling only on that aspect.
I received this book as a Goodreads first read, and really enjoyed it.
This is an easy read, and leaves you feeling as if nothing is insurmountable.
I have since passed this book on to another, and told several other people about this book.
Thank you for the pleasure of reading this.
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