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Her Longest Marathon

A Runner's Race to Survive



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Her Longest Marathon by Randy Birken
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October 20, 2000, Joyce Lance, a fifty-two year old, raised on a farm and a survivor of past adversity, was about to face her greatest personal obstacle. At five am, only four miles into her twenty-mile training run, Joyce was hit, head-on, by a speeding car, sending her to the hard, wet, morning pavement, broken, bleeding and barely alive. So begins her new passage into survival - and an arduous recovery fuelled by love, support and spirit. HER LONGEST MARATHON is an investigative tale written by a medical doctor using hospital charts, police records, interviews and letters to compose this account of a remarkable woman, assumed dead by a fireman who thought she would make a good organ donor. Rich with inspiration, this book reveals the special courage of an extraordinary personal recovery, from the gory accident, to A & E's hours of resuscitation, numerous operations and months of physical and mental rehabilitation - as seen through the eyes of a son, family, friends, doctors, nurses and the resiliently disciplined and unwavering faith of Joyce herself. Full of the complexity of human drama, HER LONGEST MARATHON is a compelling tale of inner strength and equanimity.
Release date Australia
February 25th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
black & white illustrations
Blue Dolphin Publishing
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