Paper Cranes: A Mother's Story of Hope, Courage and Determination

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 351 pages
Paper Cranes: A mother's story of hope, courage and determination by Cheryl Koenig Cherly Koenig was awarded NSW Woman of the Year in 2009. Read about her amazing journey in Paper Cranes. At the age of twelve Cheryl Koenigs son Jonathan was involved in a horrific car accident. He was given very little chance of survival, and when he did miraculously pull through, doctors predicted that he would most likely never walk, talk or even eat again. Cheryl refused to accept this prognosis and set out on a relentless quest to save her son. Her fervent hope that he would one day be well again was poignantly expressed by his many school friends who filled their school prayer room with hundreds of handmade paper cranes, symbols of hope and healing. Drawing on Cheryls diary from the time, Paper Cranes tells the story of Jonathans extraordinary courage and the Koenig familys unceasing drive to help him defy the ominous predictions. Set against the backdrop of Cheryls heartfelt grief, denial and anger, the book outlines their desperate search for knowledge in the area of recovery from traumatic brain injury. At the same time she and her husband were forced to deal with the trials and tribulations of the legal system, in their search for justice for their son. Now, ten years since his horrific accident, Jonathan can walk well, has just begun to run and is learning to drive. He can now snow ski, swim laps and play tennis and astounds many with his piano playing skills. All this as well as working five days a week in three part-time jobs! This inspirational and uplifting story demonstrates that with the right attitude it is possible to determine your own destiny regardless of what life throws in your path.
 

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Contents

Someone I Love Needs My Courage
1
The Nightmare Begins
10
Life on the Ward
38
My Hospital Journal
46
Watercolour Memories
104
Lost Between Two Worlds
116
Help Me If You Can
151
The Real Work Begins
183
Now and Then
264
Closure of a Kind
281
Crossroads of Acceptance
296
EPILOGUE
307
POSTSCRIPT
331
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
343
APPENDIX
345
Back Cover Material
350

Patient Endurance
212

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