heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant, motivational story, kidney transplant
AUTHOR, Ali Weinberg Barton
In 2012, after multiple failed in vitro fertilization cycles, Ali Weinberg Barton finally becomes pregnant. However, early in the pregnancy she experiences troubling symptoms. Finally, at 21 weeks, she is taken by ambulance to a major Boston hospital where she is told she's in acute heart failure.
Early in her hospitalization, a team of cardiologists and OB/GYN physicians from one of Boston's most reputable hospitals give Ali a choice: abort the pregnancy, or both she and her son will likely die. Against the counsel of her doctors and her family, Ali refuses to end the pregnancy she and her husband had tried so hard to achieve.
Ali's memoir chronicles a story of hope, heartbreak and eventual survival against long odds for her son Ethan and herself. In it, she shares the details of her life-threatening journey through a dangerous pregnancy and subsequent heart transplant.
5.0 out of 5 stars
***** I started to read a chapter or two.
I read until the end of the authors notes because I literally could not put it down.
This was a reboot to my soul.
Grab some tissues, a bottle of water, and be ready for touching bursts of humor and moments that any mother can relate to.
***** Ali Barton Weinberg’s touching and inspirational memoir brings you face-to-face with life’s most difficult decisions. Her courage and love for her unborn child lead her on a journey that is filled with hope, tears, humor and the will to survive against heavy odds. A real page turner that you will not want to put down!
Lauren and I have had the pleasure of meeting the Author. Ali came to the hospital for a check up and she stopped in Lauren's room for a visit. Ali is such an inspirational person who knows what she wants in her lifetime.
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Author Angela Grout
A hysterical & Neurotic story of the Last Days of Pregnancy.
The journey every expectant mother faces is that she is the only one that has to give birth for the baby to get out. As the due date approaches, anxiety increases and every contraction and symptom is analyzed. Random thoughts and inappropriate actions consume the last days before natural childbirth. Angela Grout reminds us that childbirth is complicated, unpredictable, surprising, strange, and despite all the planning…Children leave a mark so much bigger than the places designated for them. This is not a ‘what to expect when you are expecting’ guide; this is a fast paced, honest and humorous narrative of the moment to moment struggles of waiting to give birth. Read and realize you are normal and it will happen. Every first time mother needs this book to prepare and the experienced mother will appreciate the sarcasm and reminder.
***** If you've ever wondered what goes through a woman's mind in the days, hours, or minutes leading up to childbirth, "Dear Baby, Get Out!" gives wonderful insight. Angela's style quickly pulled me into the moment, and I act silly laughed out loud a few times.
***** This book was an entertaining account of all the thoughts and jitters going through a woman's mind as she nears "D" day! I read this entire book today and loved it! I have 3 weeks to go until my big day and was entertained by Angela's thoughts and feelings as she awaited her little girl's arrival! I laughed out loud several times and could absolutely relate to her experience of patiently awaiting for the big day to arrive. Great, entertaining read for any expectant Mom! Definitely recommend!
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Author Octavia Trimm
Shocking First Hand Account of the Afterlife
Is there life beyond the veil of Death? Get answers after reading this shocking first-hand account of this extraordinary story. Four people had a date with destiny. Octavia, her husband and friends were in a horrific accident. The circumstances of the crash so bad that it was unlikely anyone would survive! As family and friends prayed for a miracle, their prayers were answered! Octavia came back from death with a thread of hope and an incredible story! Her Intriguing true accounts shared a glimpse into the Afterlife. Through her experience, you will BELIEVE in power of miracles, restoration and healing!
About the Author:
Octavia Trimm born in Louisiana, but grew up as the daughter of an US Army Career serviceman that, no doubt, was the early impetus, that led to her resilience and multifaceted life. With her family, she traveled and lived overseas and abroad most of her childhood experiencing many different cultures.
In her adulthood, she experienced 30+ years of corporate & real world business experiences working with Dow Jones, IBM and NCR as a communications specialist. Know for her straight talking and inspirational approaches to solving problems, her insights were invaluable for her ministry of healing and spiritual wellness.
Published October 2017
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Feature Book Of The Week ; Running to Leadville; Life, Love, Loss and a 100 Mile Ultra Marathon Through The Colorado Rockies
Author: Brian Burk
A Ultra-marathon runner .Brian Burk believes if you can’t win the race at least run in an epic fashion.
Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania he is presently living and working out of North Carolina and Virginia. Prior to his present position he retired after 20 years from the United States Air Force as a Senior Noncommissioned Officer (SMSgt). His travels had him living in five states, two tours overseas including a remote assignment to Thule, Greenland and a combat tour in Northern Iraq.
Running to Leadville is his first novel although he has been published in national running publications, and running blogs.
Running to Leadville_is a story about a runner who finds himself and his love of running, only to lose nearly everything. The story captures the connection between life, love, loss and the battles within. The story also tells the tale of running away from your past and everything you’ve ever known to find yourself and your future. Running to Leadville centers around a character, a fictional High School runner, who perhaps as a result of his parents’ divorce and an absent father just doesn't fit in. Then one day during English class he meets a girl. This girl and their growing relationship help him for the first time discover who he is, uncovers his love of long distance running and exposes a hidden talent. The years after high school reshape his life in ways he never thought possible nor could have ever seen coming. During a long training run his life and his future plans take a detour as a result of a violent and terrible twist of fate
. Running to Leadville is also a story about the rigors of the ultra-endurance world. Set on the stage of one of America's toughest Ultra-Marathons, the Leadville Trail 100. This race affectionately known as the race across the sky, introduces to the reader to extreme adventure running. This race set within the high altitude terrain of the Colorado Rockies is not for the weak. It is one thing to run 100 miles, it’s another thing to stay awake for over 24 hours and it’s exponentially harder to do all of this while at altitudes above 10,000 feet. This story promises to take the readers to the highest peak of Hope Pass and the lowest of lows as doubting yourself emotionally and your ability to physically take the very next step. Mostly, Running to Leadville is a story about running the race of your life, overcoming and finding the true YOU whom may have been hiding all along. Running to Leadville is about taking back your life.
Customer Reviews :
*****Great book- excellent story and very wholesome. This book is a great example of how all you need is a good heart wrenching story that ends as a heart warming story. No violence, sex, or political crap- just a great story about love, and the love for running. Great description of an awesome but brutal race.
*****The book pulls you in right from the beginning. I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Then once sucked in it takes you from the present to the past and sets the theme for the book. Had me in tears at the end. I was concerned that the title of the book will hold it back but it makes sense after reading the story.
I am pleased to announce Running to Leadville is the newest addition in Lynne's Library. This book is an inspirational story that you won't be able to put down. Great Christmas present for yourself or someone you know who appreciates a great book.
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