About Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life by Carol J Decker
On June 10, 2008, Carol Decker walked through the hospital doors a healthy woman with flu-like symptoms and early labor contractions. Three months later, she returned home a blind, triple-amputee struggling to bond with a daughter she would never see.
Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life recounts Carol’s fight for survival against sepsis and its life-shattering complications. From excruciating skin grafts to learning how to function in daily life without lower legs, a left hand, and her sight, Carol takes us on a personal and raw, yet inspiring journey. She travels through the darkness of trauma, anxiety, and depression to arrive, literally, at the peak of a mountain with a heart full of gratitude and love. More than a story of triumph over tragedy, the book offers inspiring life-lessons and insights which can help readers to do more than endure unimaginable pain and darkness in their own lives. This book can give them the perspective and strength to pick up the pieces of their own tragedies and choose a life of healing, purpose, and joy—a beautiful life.
- Lessons learned:
- There is always hope, even if it sometimes feels small and hard to find.
- Even if you’re the most capable person, you can’t do this life alone. We all need a support system. It is okay to ask for help.
- Happiness takes work. It doesn’t just happen.
- The human spirit is able to endure and withstand great adversity.
- Even the smallest broken pieces of a life can be put back together.
As I started reading Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life, I was amazed at the amount of things this young mother went through. She thought that she was just going to have her second baby and that life would continue to be wonderful. And then she had complications. Due to sepsis, she lost both feet, one hand and a finger, in addition to her sight. Holy cow! Reading about what she has gone through makes me so grateful for the life that I am able to live.
I enjoyed reading this book. The book is written in a way that it’s really easy to read. I read the whole book in just one day. I didn’t want to stop reading about Carol Decker and her sweet family.
I was inspired by so many aspects of this book. By the way the author chooses to push herself. The way she works hard to reach goals that seem as though they would be impossible to ever reach. And the way she has been able to move on, not getting angry at those around her for what happened to her.
I love this inspiring book! Make sure to take time to read Carol Decker’s story. And take time to realize that your life too is beautiful and you can choose to see it that way.
I was sent a complimentary copy of Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life. All opinions are my own.
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About the authors
Carol J. Decker lives in Enumclaw, Washington, with her husband, Scott, and two daughters, Chloe and Safiya. She travels across the nation as a motivational speaker, sharing her story with a depth of perspective that touches the hearts of her listeners. She hopes to share by example that anyone can choose a beautiful life and that with an optimistic attitude and determination, anything is possible.
Stacey L. Nash is a happily married mother of four who sleeps too little, sings too loud, and keeps s stash of dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses in her purse. She works as a freelance writer and specializes in family and parenting issues. She and her family live in the middle of forty heavily wooded acres where they split lots of firewood and avoid the occasional ear. You can find her at www.staceylnashwrites.com and www.lovelearningforlife.com.
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