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Smiling Again: Coming Back to Life and Faith After Brain Surgery Kindle Edition
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“Be inspired by this poignant account of one woman’s struggle for health and faith—and the tireless devotion of family. Smiling Again is a compelling read with something for everyone . . . Expect to be encouraged, perhaps cry, and even smile as you follow Sally on her journey of healing and rediscovery.” —Peter DeHaan, PhD
From the Back Cover
Sally Stap was in the midst of a busy and successful 25-yearcareer in Information Technology, juggling the usual concerns about job, daughters,and life, when the unthinkable happened: she was diagnosed with an acousticneuroma, a benign but large brain tumor.
Written with a poignant blend of honesty, dry humor, faith, andinquisitiveness, Smiling Again is a story of the persistence of life and beautyin spite of pain. Sally recounts the shock of diagnosis, a long and painfulrecovery from invasive brain surgery, her eventual retirement due todisability, and ultimately contentment and acceptance of a new life journey.
For caregivers and survivors, Sally shares practical lessons andtips that will help you find your own signposts of faith along a treacherousbut ultimately exhilarating journey, including:
-Be optimistic, but don't discount possible outcomes just becausethey don't sound fun.
-Allow yourself to grieve because there is a new you.
-A sense of humor will give you a better temperament thanfrustration.
Whether you are a brain tumor survivor or are facing anotherexperience that has brought you to the end of yourself, Sally's experienceshows that even when the worst happens, God is present and visible in sometimesunexpected ways. The future you may not be the same as the old you, but it canlead you in new and rewarding directions.
- ASIN : B00GI5DLNE
- Publisher : Morgan James Publishing (October 1, 2013)
- Publication date : October 1, 2013
- Language: : English
- File size : 1127 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 192 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,395 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book wasn't written by a doctor from a spectator or teacher's point of view. This book was written by someone who actually HAD a brain tumor. If you want a real world understanding of what that is like, then this book is an ABSOLUTE READ!
My highest recommendations for this book!
A gifted storyteller, Sally Stap writes about her experience of being diagnosed with a brain tumor and how it radically changed her life forever. This book is for anyone who has experienced life and ever questioned “Why?”
It is a book about loss. Whether it is the loss one’s health, a loved one or caring for someone going through a loss, this book vividly describes the emotions that are felt during times of great suffering.
It is a book about strength. Sally describes the difficulties of trying to return to a normal way of life. The baby steps along the way as she slowly regained her physical strength, all the while learning more about the inner strength she already possessed.
It is a book about courage. Sally holds nothing back as she speaks of the enormity of the circumstances she faced. Sally faced them head on albeit scary and uncertain.
It is a book about faith. Searching for evidence that God is still there during times of adversity, and later understanding fully that he was there all the time.
It is a book about the resilience of the human spirit. Sally maintained her sense of humor while working through the slow, methodical progression of her recovery. Then, adjusting to and accepting what most would consider the unacceptable.
Filled with bits of wisdom, Sally shares with her readers the lessons learned starting with her diagnosis and on through her recovery period. At the end of the book Sally provides practical tips for caregivers as well.
As I read Smiling Again, I found that my own life experiences connected easily with Sally’s story and I could feel and understand each emotion that she described so perfectly. I will purchase additional copies of Smiling Again to give as gifts because it’s one of those books you just want to share.