A Tapestry of Courage
In this tribute to her daughter the author tells of Mary Ellen's battle with cancer. Stricken with osteogenic sarcoma in 1982 at sixteen, resulting in the loss of her right leg, Mary Ellen lived the next 5 1/2 years to their fullest experiencing the ups & downs of the "Big C" as she referred to the disease. She completed high school, continuing her education at Springfield College despite the ordeals of chemotherapy, radiation, & operations, taking part in the activities that she enjoyed most - skiing, softball, concerts, travel & parties. She was an inspiration to all, facing life with courage, determination & perseverance. A beautifully written book including letters from Mary Ellen's friends & classmates as well as Mary Ellen's own reflections. This book, a must for those who have experienced the loss of a young adult, offers inspiration to anyone dealing with a terminal illness. Judy Astbury, Social Worker at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "A TAPESTRY OF COURAGE has given me more insight in dealing with my osteogenic patients." Paula D'Arcy, SONG FOR SARAH: "You made Mary Ellen's spirit ring out." Bob Krol, Mary Ellen's softball coach: "She taught me the meaning of spunk." Ken Childs, Campus Minister at Springfield College: "Mary Ellen showed us ordinary people how we can face life & death with courage & humor."
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
afternoon amputation arrived asked award bandanna Barrington Baystate became Berkshire School blood tests Boston Brigham called campus cancer chemo chemo treatment chemotherapy chest tubes classes classmates continued crutches Danielle decided disease Division 36 doctors dorm drove drug feel felt field hockey friends Gallup girls graduation Grandpa Guinan hair loss hoped hospital Ifosfamide indicated Jim Jr Jimmy Fund Clinic Katherine Kelleher Kelly kids knew laughed looked lungs Mary Ellen Mary Ellen's death Mellon metastases Methotrexate morning Mount Everett never Novobiocin nurses osteogenic osteogenic sarcoma osteosarcoma pain patient physical therapy planned platelet prosthesis protocol radiation treatments realized remember returned home seemed semester Sheffield Shelley skiing smile softball spent spoke Springfield College stay struggle stump summer surgery talked Tammy Jervas tell thoracotomy thought told took trip tumor wait walk wanted week weekend Wendy X-ray