The bestselling author of Blindsided, Richard M. Cohen spent three years chronicling the lives of five diverse "citizens of sickness": Denise, who suffers from ALS; Buzz, whose Christian faith helps him deal with his non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Sarah, a determined young woman with Crohn's disease; Ben, a college student with muscular dystrophy; and Larry, whose bipolar disorder is hidden within. Differing in age and gender, race and economic status, all five are determined to live life on their own terms. In Strong at the Broken Places, Cohen shares these inspirational and revealing stories, which offer lessons for us all—–on self-determination, on courage in the face of adversity and public ignorance, on keeping hope alive.
We are all strong at the broken places—stronger than we think.
The meeting -- Denise Glass: fighting for control -- Reflections: choosing the way to live -- Buzz Bay: keeping the faith -- Reflections: honoring a separate peace -- Ben Cumbo: facing down demons -- Reflections: valuing quality over quantity -- Sarah Levin: seeking normalcy -- Reflections: living with grace -- Larry Fricks: surviving stigma -- Reflections: dueling with ignorance -- Coming together.