A Life in Parts by Daniel Brannan

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A truly moving account of one woman’s misfortune, this story is heartbreakingly inspirational. A Life in Parts is a testament to a brave and courageous woman who will not give up.
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On an ordinary winter day, Loretta Goebel was busy wrapping Christmas gifts in her basement when the doorbell rang. She rushed to answer the door and, in her haste, hit her hand on the banister as she ran up the stairs. This seemingly innocuous injury resulted in the loss of both her legs, her left hand, and most of the fingers on her right hand.

While suffering through several rounds of amputations and painful prosthetic parts, Loretta had to adapt to life without fingers or feet. Fiercely independent, she refused to succumb to life as an invalid. Even the simplest things seemed insurmountable at first, but she relearned how to do everything—from feeding and dressing herself to driving a car.

Her adjustment and recovery led to a friendship with Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, also an amputee. Heather helped Loretta find comfortable and attractive artificial legs that allowed her to regain her confidence and feel feminine again.

Through all her pain and loss, Loretta never gave up, and her story of triumph is a testament to anyone who is struggling to adjust to difficult circumstances, whatever they may be.
 

About Daniel Brannan

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Vicki Bennington is a journalist, author and editor. Her work has been published in newspapers, business journals, magazines, historical books, Fortune 500 company literature, Web sites and an assortment of other publications. She has edited several books and numerous articles, proposals and other types of documents for publication and has been recognized for her journalism work and fiction writing. Vicki holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a secondary degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She now lives and writes in Godfrey, Ill. She and her husband, Gary, have two daughters, Casey and Olivia. Daniel Brannan has been in the literary and newspaper business since 1982, and had been the Executive Editor of The Telegraph in Alton, Ill., since 1997. He is the author of six published books: Boy Giant; Damn Cold and Starving; Life To The Fullest: Stories Of People Coping With Diabetes; Diabetes Doesn’t Have To Be a Death Sentence; The Courage to Live; Everyday Angels. Brannan lives in Glen Carbon, Ill., with his wife, Victoria, and their two daughters, Savannah, and Sierra.
 
Published August 15, 2012 by Stonebrook Publishing. 198 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nancy Carty Lepri on Oct 08 2012

A truly moving account of one woman’s misfortune, this story is heartbreakingly inspirational. A Life in Parts is a testament to a brave and courageous woman who will not give up.

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