- Hardcover: 113 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; 1st edition (May 25, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0525229558
- ISBN-13: 978-0525229551
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Walking Through The Fire: A Hospital Journal Hardcover – May 25, 1977
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In 1975, twenty-nine year old Laurel Lee was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease and told by doctors she was going to die. Her husband, unable to cope, leaves her and three little children to fend for themselves. While Laurel fights desperately for her life, she keeps a journal. That journal, sent to publishers by her doctors, became the best selling book and CBS Tapestry: The Journey of Laurel Lee movie, Walking Through The Fire. Contrary to her prognosis, Laurel did not die but was propelled into world wide travel, adventure, challenge and sheer determination. "In one stroke, I cut with some mental shears that fifty-more-years river, leaving me a short stretch ... I want the privilege of guiding the arrows of my children and giving them the exhortations that can shoot them into the high place."
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I was sorry to read her obituary recently but discovered that she had led a blessed life. I just knew she had to be part of my own library.
"In one stroke, I cut with some mental shears that fifty-more-years river, leaving me a short stretch .... I want the privilege of guiding the arrows of my children and giving them the exhortations that can shoot them into the high place."
"I was stunned. I knew I must be in Stage III. I could count my thoughts and emotions, as if my head had broken into a lot of little pieces and they were falling slow enough to number. I was mad at every encouraging word and that I had believed them.
"We all stood two inches tall; I was set up for a fall. It was winter, and they took my only coat."
Laurel's books are special to me mainly because of they way they exude joy and life without being in the least syrupy or naive (indeed there is plenty of doubt, discouragement, and pain expressed as well, as in the quote above).
Though valuable for anyone, Walking through the Fire was written as a gift for the doctors who were caring for Laurel during her first illness. It offers them a candid and often humorous view from the patient's perspective. Her inside view has shaped my own practice as a pediatrician and I believe that every health care worker should consider her books required reading. And besides ... they're fun!
Unfortunately, these journals are out of print. The new book Tapestry, though, appears to contain much if not all of the same material and more. I'm going to read it as soon as I can get it out here to Nigeria.