Why do we read? For all sorts of reasons: to learn, for pleasure, for relaxation, for inspiration, or for stimulation. What do we read to furnish us with these delights? Fiction? – thrillers, sci-fi, romance, erotica, horror? To each, his/her own – we all have our own ‘fixes’. So where do non-fiction, true-life accounts figure in all this? Personally, reading for me is balm for the soul and fiction is what provides it. However, two books came my way, each written by a woman who had undergone an extraordinary, near-fatal, life-changing illness. I wouldn’t normally pick up a book written by the sufferer of a particular disease or illness unless I too was suffering from the same condition, but these two books were compelling reads.
The first of these books is Heartaches and Miracles by Greta Burroughs who relates her experiences of a blood disorder called ITP, an autoimmune disease. Greta writes children’s books, two of which have been published. The second is In a Flash – Miracles Here and Beyond by Kim Justus, who survived an aneurysm. Kim works in the Financial Services industry and writing and photography are amongst her many hobbies.
Although their conditions are completely different, what these two ladies have in common is courage, determination and selflessness. Writing the stories of their experiences must have been difficult for both – it will have been hard to relive the traumas they endured. I was especially touched by the lack of resentment or complaint or a ‘why me?’ attitude by either author.
Neither book is long or weighed down with detailed medical terminology. They are fascinating ‘diaries’ of these courageous ladies’ feelings, emotions, hopes and fears of their experiences. You may not have suffered from either condition, but you may well know of someone who has or does. If you are fortunate enough to be hearty and hale, you will find these short accounts very sobering and you may well find yourself thinking, ‘there, but for the Grace of God, go I’.
For the full reviews of both these books, please see:
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