Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them

Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them

by Randy Christensen
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Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them by Randy Christensen

The unforgettable inspiring memoir of one extraordinary doctor who is saving lives in a most unconventional way Ask Me Why I Hurt is the touching and revealing first-person account of the remarkable work of Dr. Randy Christensen. Trained as a pediatrician, he works not in a typical hospital setting but, rather, in a 38-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor’s office on wheels. His patients are the city’s homeless adolescents and children.

In the shadow of one affluent American city, Dr. Christensen has dedicated his life to caring for society's throwaway kids—the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators. With the Winnebago as his moveable medical center, Christensen and his team travel around the outskirts of Phoenix, attending to the children and teens who need him most.

With tenderness and humor, Dr. Christensen chronicles everything from the struggles of the van’s early beginnings, to the support system it became for the kids, and the ultimate recognition it has achieved over the years. Along with his immense professional challenges, he also describes the trials and joys he faces while raising a growing family with his wife Amy. By turns poignant, heartbreaking, and charming, Dr. Christensen's story is a gripping and rich memoir of his work and family, one of those rare books that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307719027
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 276,737
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

RANDY CHRISTENSEN, M.D., is a staff physician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Since 2000, he has been the medical director of Crews’n Healthmobile, a mobile medical clinic that provides primary and comprehensive medical care to homeless children. Dr. Christensen has been the recipient of several awards for his work, including the CNN Heroes award and People Magazine’s “Heroes Among Us.” He lives in Phoenix with his wife, Amy, also a pediatrician, and their three children.

RENE DENFELD is the author of three books, including the international bestseller The New Victorians (1995) and has written for The New York Times Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Oregonian. A passionate advocate for the adoption of foster children, she lives in Portland, Oregon, with her three children, all adopted from foster care.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

1 Crisis 1

2 MoeurPark 31

3 Tell Me 45

4 Mary's Journey 53

5 Donald 69

6 The Heart of Dixie 105

7 Too Soon 123

8 Roulette 145

9 Angie 161

10 Nicole 181

11 UMOM 209

12 Starfish 23l

13 Sugar 247

14 Beginnings 259

For More Information and How to Help 267

Acknowledgments 269

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"Refreshingly free of moralistic lectures about the collective failure of the American health-care system, Christensen's book is a wry, sincere story that makes the need for change inescapably obvious." —-Kirkus

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Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Opened my eyes, inspired me to help and get involved with my community. I cried, laughed, felt hurt and also excitement for the adolescents in this book. Will def read again and again.
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Lauren Reitmeier More than 1 year ago
Though not as medical as I would have liked, after reading this book I want to give more to those in need around me, which I would guess is the point.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book needs to be on the front shelves of every Barnes and Noble store in America. A very powerful book that accurately depicts the dilemmas faced by children in our own society. The stories of the children are written with compassion, and the children themselves show amazing strength. I would never have known about these children, their stories, their lives. The author and the professionals involved with the children are amazing people. The children's stories need to be heard, not only in AZ, but throughout our country. Thank you, Randy Christensen, for writing this book.
rbwifeuscg More than 1 year ago
A book that shows the helplessness, the feeling of worthlessness, self loathing, fear and the idea that abused child dont believe they deserve better. The team of people that work with this doctor are the angels that the lucky few get to have pass through their lives. Sometimes we (victims and saviors) dont realize how much of an impact a little help can make. Thank you so much for such an amazing dedication to children.
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tiffjetset More than 1 year ago
i loved everything about this book. we often read books that bombard us with whats wrong in the world and a bunch of possible solutions that simply serve as a call to action. this book did all of that but also showed the reader what happens what happens when action has taken place. not only did my heart go out to the homeless children and dr.christensen but it also reminded me that there are still good people in the world