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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 ...
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A Life in Parts

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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Journal of Books
A truly moving account of one woman's mistfortune, 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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I just finished this book in one day. It was a much needed book since I was feeling a little glum lately. The reader doesn't feel sorry for Loretta. She is able to show her courage that gets layered on over time. I didn't feel like she just magically became upbeat overnight. I appreciated that.

This book's reach is not only for those struggling with disabilities, but with anyone who has ever felt like life is not worth living. It has a good story and the message is uplifting without the
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Really fast read -- I read it in one day's round-trip commute -- not just because it is fairly short, but because it's a gripping read of the medical-crisis-and-recovery personal story genre.
Along with her drive and will, Loretta seems well positioned as an expert for the generations of US veterans who have and will come home missing limbs. Then there's the increasing crisis of bacterial infections like MRSA -- all in all, there should be a large audience to identify with this book. Not ev
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015706567
  • Publisher: Stonebrook Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

About Vicki Bennington:
Vicki is a journalist, author and editor. Her work has been published in newspapers, business journals, magazines, hist-­‐ orical books, Fortune 500 company literature, and an assortment of other publications. She has edited several books and numerous articles, proposals and other types of documents for publication. She has been recognized for her journalism work and fiction writing. Vicki has traveled extensively all over the world, spent a great deal of time in the United Kingdom, and lived in Australia for two years. She now lives and writes in Godfrey, Ill. She and her husband have two daughters.

About Daniel Brannan:
Daniel Brannan has been in the literary and newspaper business since 1982, and the Executive Editor of The Telegraph in Alton, Illinois since 1997. During his tenure, The Telegraph has won over 250 awards and earned the number one ranking in the Freedom Communications newspaper group for editorial excellence in 2006.
Dan 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. Dan lives in Glen Carbon, Illinois and has two daughters.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Puppy

    She collapsed on the floor. She was alitle less then a month old. She whimpered hungry.

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    Posted February 16, 2013

    Rylee

    Awh haha thanksss :* well i gtg! I hurt like he.ll and im exhausted. Seriously. No sleep past week. Dying. Well bye baby!!! Ill talk to u asap!!! *hugs him and kisses his cheek*

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    Posted February 16, 2013

    Xavier

    :) *he nods and hugs her.* I'll see you later. Sleep well, dream if you can't, and rest as much a you can. Bye. ^_^

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    Posted December 21, 2012

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    Waits.

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