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"Are you aware that one organ donor can save up to eight lives? Based onhis experience as the recipient of lifesaving organs, Rod Spadingershares his thoughts and reflections in his nonfiction tribute, A Collection of 50 Stories Inspired By My Angel Donor, Joni Marie.

Spadinger resorted to shopping online after he became unable to push agrocery cart due to poor lung function from cystic fibrosis. The weekbefore his 45th birthday, Spadinger was given a second chance at lifewhen he received a double lung and liver transplant. Words cannotexpress the gratitude he has for his organ donor. How do you thanksomeone whose death saved your life?

Although the book is described as a collection of stories, Spadinger'sfirst-person narrative is written more like a journal and gathered from a series of blog posts. The 50 numbered and dated entries range from aparagraph to a few pages. Despite the book's brevity, the collection isquite comprehensive. Some of the reflections are contemplative, andothers are informative. For example, in addition to organ donation,Spadinger shares the many benefits of tissue donation such as skin,bone, and heart valves. He also contrasts his life before and after the transplants; not having to begin each day with treatments and beingable to travel at the last minute are just a few of his new-foundfreedoms.

I particularly like Spadinger's expressions of gratitude to his donorfor his lifesaving transplants. His passion for spreading the word about the impact that organ donors can make is equally contagious, and Iadmire his commitment to share proceeds from the sale of the book withthe Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation and the Wounded WarriorsFoundation, in honor of his father.

The only thing I dislike about the book is the number of incompletesentences. Spadinger writes as though he is speaking, and although itdoesn't detract from the book as a whole, the incomplete sentences areincorrect. The content appears to be gathered from blog posts, and while some bloggers casually ignore grammar, I am required to note theerrors.

The number of grammatic errors necessitates the deduction of a star.Therefore, I rate the otherwise informative and inspirational book 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it as a source of encouragement for readers who may bestruggling with CF or other health issues. It will also appeal to thoseinterested in organ donation." - Cecilia_L,

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  • ASIN : B07VR6D6KF
  • Publication date : August 25, 2019
  • Language : English
  • File size : 603 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 68 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
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