My book is about my life and the events that compelled me to share my story. It is also a universal story: about recognising one’s inner wisdom; about the courage to face life’s challenges; about gratitude for the experiences that shape us; and about reconnecting with one’s inextinguishable human spirit that, when pushed to the limit, perseveres and makes amazing things happen.
My story unfolds in a few major threads:
It describes how, after two decades of living with a neurological condition called dystonia—that affects my movement and my speech—I defied medical wisdom by reinventing the way that I speak and retraining myself to speak in this dramatically improved way.
It recounts the surprising way in which a breast cancer diagnosis drove me to make these improvements in my dystonia condition.
These events are further set against the backdrop of my growing up in Communist Poland; my subsequent coming-of-age as an immigrant to Canada; and my becoming a civil-environmental engineer.
All the while enjoying life to the fullest, to the best of my abilities.
Throughout my story, I share how I learned to recognise the clues from each challenging experience as potential solutions to subsequent ones, and how I appreciate each and every one of these experiences as a gift, no matter how challenging, unpleasant, or disguised each has been..