Zuzu' Petals: A True Story of Second Chances [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes, it takes nearly dying to learn how to live.

LAUREN LARSEN thought she had a wonderful life: loving marriage, good friends, successful career, and her first child on the way. Shortly after she entered the ninth month of what had been an easy pregnancy, her husband, Jeff, followed a sudden and inexplicable urge to bring her flowers in the middle of a busy workday. ...
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Zuzu' Petals: A True Story of Second Chances

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Overview

Sometimes, it takes nearly dying to learn how to live.

LAUREN LARSEN thought she had a wonderful life: loving marriage, good friends, successful career, and her first child on the way. Shortly after she entered the ninth month of what had been an easy pregnancy, her husband, Jeff, followed a sudden and inexplicable urge to bring her flowers in the middle of a busy workday. Within hours of his visit, their lives would change forever.

The rapid onset of preeclampsia--a pregnancy-related disorder--nearly claimed the lives of both Lauren and her baby. After more than a month in intensive care, and with years of recovery work ahead of her, Lauren was left with the question: What now? Amidst the wreckage of her near-fatal illness, an opportunity emerged—the chance to rebuild a different life, one that was more personally meaningful and fulfilling. With absolute clarity about their limited time on earth, Lauren and Jeff changed their priorities, their careers, their lifestyle, and even where they lived.

As her physical strength grew, so too did Lauren’s understanding of just how many people—nurses, doctors, friends, family, and anonymous blood donors—had contributed to giving her a second chance at life. An overwhelming sense of gratitude emerged and found expression through her fundraising campaigns and national speaking tour. And along the way, Lauren became a shamelessly proud mother who sought to live as joyfully as possible no matter the circumstances.

At times heartbreaking, at times laugh-out-loud funny, Zuzu’s Petals is a story about human resilience, living authentically, and the power of turning gratitude into action.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012924384
  • Publisher: In The Telling Press
  • Publication date: 5/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 355
  • Sales rank: 1,136,717
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

LAUREN WARD LARSEN is the president and chief ambassador of the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers, based in Washington, D.C. She is also an international speaker and advocate for preeclampsia research and awareness, volunteer blood donation, and clean water initiatives in Sudan. For all of her 
grassroots efforts to promote blood donation, Lauren was awarded the 2001 Larry Frederick Award from America’s Blood Centers. She was also the recipient of the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the American Association of Blood Banks. She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.B.A. from U.C.L.A. Lauren, her husband Jeff, and daughter Clare live in Boulder, Colorado, where they laugh often and take nothing for granted.
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