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"‘I am sorry to inform you ... an abnormal lesion ... aggressive.’ A brain tumor. A brain tumor the size of a golf ball, growing in my left temporal lobe.” These are the words that spelled out the doom that would forever change the life of the author, an experience that many people face and one that changed the life of Lynn McLaughlin in shattering ways. In Steering Through It: Navigating Life-Threatening Illness Acceptance, Survival and Healing, the author shares insights on how to cope with a devastating diagnosis. She began journaling the day she received her diagnosis. In this book she unveils secrets she discovered on the journey, secrets that led her to find emotional, psychological, and spiritual strength to hold her life together. But most importantly, this memoir is a healing journey, one that can be replicated, and one that teaches readers that hope is not dead when they are faced with a life-threatening illness.
Lynn McLaughlin writes with simplicity and her voice is strong and moving, filled with humanity and compassion. One hears the voice that speaks from the experience of deep pain, unassumingly and yet confidently. Steering Through It: Navigating Life-Threatening Illness Acceptance, Survival and Healing is insightful, a memoir that captures the human spirit brilliantly and teaches readers how to find the strength to stand up for others and for themselves when life is threatened by illness. The prose is elegant and it captures strong emotions, thoughts, and insights with unusual clarity. I loved the brutal honesty of this story and the many lessons that are woven into it. It’s a real gift for suffering humanity, a journey towards love, compassion, and inner freedom; a journey towards healing.