The Bear's Embrace by Patricia Van Tighem
A True Story of Survival

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An extraordinary story of survival and recovery by a woman who was attacked by a grizzly bear.

On a sunny fall day in 1983, Patricia Van Tighem and her husband, Trevor, began a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies with a two-thousand-foot climb through rocks and forest. The next morning, in a landscape dusted by snow, they crossed paths with a grizzly bear–and their lives were forever changed.

That Van Tighem survived at all is a miracle, and her account of the attack is vivid and startling. But her recovery was just as disturbing: Her numerous reconstructive surgeries were painful; her facial
disfigurement isolated her; and the nightmares that haunted her carried their own psychological burden. Yet she was eventually able to accept her unthinkable experiences, and to put her life back together as a survivor, a wife, and a mother.

With honesty and eloquence, The Bear’s Embrace tells of the unpredictability of life, of bravery, terror, rage and love, of what it means to look and feel different in a culture that values perfection. Uncommonly affecting, often astonishing, The Bear’s Embrace is an inspiring story of human
perseverance and self-knowledge.
 

About Patricia Van Tighem

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Patricia van Tighem’s story has been featured on National Geographic and BBC television. Trained as a nurse, she lives in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia with her husband and four children.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by D&M Publishers Incorporated. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Travel. Non-fiction

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An unsparing chronicle of fear and suffering and the hard-won courage that beat it all.

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A bestseller in Canada, this graphic account by the survivor of a grizzly-bear attack movingly details her long road to recovery as she describes the disfigurement, emotional trauma, and strains on her marriage caused by the accident.

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In 1983, Van Tighem and her husband, Trevor Janz, were brutally attacked by a bear while hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Janz was hurt severely—his nose was broken, his face needed to be stit

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In 1983, Van Tighem and her husband, Trevor Janz, were brutally attacked by a bear while hiking in the Canadian Rockies. Janz was hurt severely—his nose was broken, his face needed to be stit

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