My sister called me recently after a plane ride to tell me how excited she was to have had great conversation with the woman who sat next to her. The woman was Debbie Berkelhammer and they spent the entire flight chatting, about life, Debbie’s book, and who knows what else!
My sister, Deborah, (I know, confusing right, Debbie the author and Deborah my sister, maybe it’s fate!) was extra excited to tell me since I’m a book blogger and would probably be interested in reading Debbie’s book. So after my sister Deborah read it, I took it from her and read it myself.
Debbie Berkelhammer’s book, Point of View: On Dying and Living, is an extraordinary memoir of her time with a deadly tumor.
“Today, I think a lot about what people see when they look at me. I appear healthy, attractive, fit, and, most important, happy. They assume I have no story. I don’t share my story outright, so how would they know? But still, I wish they wouldn’t sum me up so quickly or judge me by my cover.” - p. 36
Debbie was given one to three months to live.
Not only did she survive, but she is healthy and happy!
Debbie’s story of being diagnosed with a pediatric spinal cord tumor (called pediatric because that is when it started to develop) is inspirational. She wrote in order to reach others with diseases and to provide hope that there is the possibility of success out there, even when it’s slim! Debbie says, “I want to help people who have suffered or are suffering.” - p. 61
A percentage of the proceeds from Point of View will go to the Fred J. Epstein Pediatric Care Foundation, in honor of the doctor who saved her life and countless others.
What keeps you motivated during a time when you are struggling?
Thanks for reading,