I am a Jewish woman who is alive at nearly 30 years post-heart transplant in spite of a 10-year “if you are lucky” life expectancy doctors gave me when I was a healthy 24-year-old law student whose heart succumbed suddenly to a virus. Now my doctors call me an “n of one” — meaning that there is no one in the world like me — I am a pioneer of sorts a remarkable breath-taking survivor and medical anomaly. But of course this long and continuing journey has had challenges — enormous ones both for the girl I was at 24 and then for the woman I’d grown to at 50 when my donor heart finally gave out and necessitated seeking re-transplant across the country from my home in New York: I had to go to a cutting-edge hospital (Cedars Sinai) in California leaving friends and family behind (my husband and I would take on the many months of battle alone and far from home). But my friends wouldn’t let that happen. And so was born my latest book: My Glory Was I had Such Friends. In this moving and tender memoir about the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit I tell the story of the nine wonderful women who came together and never left my side providing what medicine alone could not as I waited on the precipice for a new life saving heart When my friends heard my plans there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” Nine remarkable womenput demanding jobs and pressing family obligations on hold to fly across the country in a rotation to be by my side. Creating a calendar spreadsheet the women — some of them strangers to one another — passed the baton of friendship one to the next rolled up their sleeves and headed straight and strong into the battle to help save my life. Something incredible happened in that hospital room. Transcendent even. Everyone — even doctors — thought I was going to die out there in California. But see I didn’t. And we who were there are all changed by what we witnessed and what we did — together as women friends made powerful by each other and for each other. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is my tribute to these women and the intense hours we spent together — hours of heightened emotion and self-awareness where everything was laid bare. Candid and heartrending this once-in-a-lifetime story of connection and empathy is a powerful reminder of the importance of “showing up” for those we love.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
- From the Publisher
May 16, 2017
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