3 True Stories to Read

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I tend to read in cycles. I’ll read a ton of books for a few months, and then not read for a month or so. However lately I’ve been eating books up. It’s part of my nightly routine. I’ve always had a little trouble falling asleep, and I’ve found that reading helps wind down. I also love to read true stories, biographies, memoirs — really put my mind into someone else’s life. These three books are really amazing stories, and all just happened to be medical-related if you’re into that sort of thing. For me, in addition to reading the story, these books are also informational as far as hospitals and medical information goes. Never a bad idea to learn from the stories of others.

Until I Say Good-Bye: My Year of Living with Joy by Susan Spencer-Wendel — Have tissues handy. This book is so good. I love Susan’s choice to continue living her life — to the fullest — as her body continued to fail her. I love how she wanted to make memories with her kids. Like I said, have tissues. If you knew you only had a year (or so) left of movement, what would you do? A good reminder for all of us to really live our lives now and make those memories we want to, before we don’t have the opportunity to do it any longer.

When I was reading this book, my husband asked me what I was reading, and I told him and he was like — why would you want to read that? I think all of us wonder what we would actually do if we were given a year (or so) to move around (or live). What would that bucket list be now that there was a time period on it?

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan — We all think we are going a little crazy sometimes due to stress, overstimulation, too much on our plates, etc. But Susannah Cahalan felt more than just the normal crazy feeling. Can you imagine not being able to remember entire sections of your life and having to watch video to see what you were doing?

Heaven Is Here by Stephanie Nielson — Wow. Stephanie’s story is just amazing. Stephanie is the blogger behind the popular website the Nie Nie Dialogues. If you aren’t familiar with her story, this book will really bring you in. It’s very specific about what happened to her when she was in a fiery plane crash. I mean, the woman survived a fiery plane crash — amazing.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? What are you reading right now?

See my April and March book lists as well!