a memoir of disease, family, faith & hope
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Sometimes, the journey of life takes an unexpected turn toward an uncertain destination.
Friends and family expected Ken Cruickshank to continue engaging in mischief, playing sports, traveling, and raising an active brood after he married his soulmate, Karen. Indeed, all was proceeding to plan until an invisible enemy strengthened its grip on his body and mind. Goals, abilities, and many dreams grew forever affected by progressive disease. After an accident crumpled his weakened body, the author dug deep to rediscover the optimism and hope he’d once considered his essence.
Ken realized that the illness he blamed for stealing his identity was also the path to wisdom and a life of fulfillment. Stand Up is not a story of the science and medicine of chronic disease; rather, it is a poignant and engrossing revelation of how families and loved ones can overcome nearly any trial set before them. This is a memoir of perseverance, perspective, and hope.