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RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Butterflies and Second Chances: A Mom's Memoir of Love and Loss 

The world Annette Hines knew exploded when her infant daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease--a degenerative, life-limiting illness. Annette's joy quickly turned to apprehension and she knew nothing would ever be the same again. Annette and Elizabeth's powerful story provides hope, solace, and a path forward for parents of special needs children, and it will resonate with families everywhere.

Peach: Celebrating Life in the Shadow of Death

PEACH - written in lyrical, soulful prose and poetry by Jenevieve 'Peach' Woods - is a heartfelt account of her life as the invisible girl, shunned because she is afflicted with a life-altering disease. Her book is part of her mission to 'celebrate our differences, and to treat each other with kindness and dignity'. 

Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child

Maria Hopfgarten's son Jacob was born on January 31, 2006. He was the most perfect baby boy she had ever seen. But Jacob had devastating health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, a fatal condition.  In the ten short years of Jacob's life, Maria found strength in blogging about Jacob's life. Her posts have been gathered into this book along with Maria's tips for parents coping with their own grief of losing a child.


Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action

The powerful memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete diagnosed with a rare disease who spearheaded the search for a cure—and became a champion for a new approach to medical research.

One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

The breathtaking story of a young boy with a never-before-seen disease, and the doctors who take a bold step into the future of medicine to save him—based on the authors’ Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting. One in a Billion is an unforgettable tale of the lives that converged to launch a medical revolution. As pioneering geneticist Mary-Claire King pronounced upon learning Nic’s story: “It was as if one had heard about Case Zero of AIDS and the cure, all at once.”

In Shock (My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope)

A first-person account from a young critical care physician describes how toward the end of her medical training she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life, revealing how her experiences exposed her to flaws in today's care standards and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient.


Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief

Tom Zuba is a life coach, author and speaker teaching a new way to do grief to people all over the world. His teachings are based on the knowledge, wisdom and tools he continues to gain as he learns to live with the death of his 18-month-old daughter Erin in 1990, his 43-year-old wife Trici in 1999, and his 13-year-old son Rory in 2005. Tom offers those living with the death of a loved one the tools, knowledge, and wisdom to create a full, joy-filled life.


Man's Search for Meaning

 

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man's Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living.