- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: ArchwayPublishing (August 15, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480828432
- ISBN-13: 978-1480828438
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,492,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Day I Died Paperback – August 15, 2016
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The author barely survived a head-on collision with a tree during a skiing race. Fortunately, a keen onlooker saw the accident and came to her rescue or she would have died on the spot. She almost died anyway. The story of how she survived, and went on to bring about changes in the skiing industry is moving and ultimately inspiring. Most people would have been grateful just to have lived; Carole Petiet did not rest until the sport which she obviously loves so deeply was made safer.
This is not for the faint of heart. There are some gruesome passages. But the overall message is uplifting, and the tale worth reading.
As a survivor of multiple cancer episodes, bone replacements and many other encounters with the medical community I read this book with interest to see how Carole pieced together her strategy for returning to her old life. The roadblocks are significant and patients have to use the ingenuity and knowledge acquired piecemeal from different practitioners and friends. There is no single roadmap. Many of the experiences related in the book could have applied to me and would have been helpful with my initial illnesses and issues, even though the sources of distress were different. The experiences are certainly applicable to anyone who is either a patient or caregiver involved in a significant change in quality of life.
To take on the hard work of finding solutions, supportive practitioners and true friends is not for the faint of heart as demonstrated in this book. There will be fallout, be it in your professional, social or family life as you struggle to regain what you may be losing, or have lost. Carole addresses these issues and speaks eloquently to the acceptance every survivor needs to learn.
A strong personal account of a trauma, a wonderful story of perseverance with suggestions for others, and a glimpse of the grace of a woman sharing what was and still must be a raw journey back to life as she knew it.