Saturday, August 23, 2008

Inspiring book for anyone facing a challenge

I just read the most amazing book that I thought some of you might enjoy, Crashing Through: The Extraordinary True Story of the Man Who Dared to See. This book doesn't have anything to do with cancer but it does tell the story of someone who overcomes incredible physical obstacles. If you're looking for some inspiration, this is the place to find it.

Mike May was blinded as a young child but goes on to live a rich and adventurous life--as a competitive skier, an inventor and entrepreneur, an inspirational speaker, and a family man. In his 40s, he finds out there's a chance a stem cell transplant might give him back his eyesight. The procedure, of course, is loaded with risks. May's not sure it's worth giving up his already-great life. It's fascinating to watch him make this possibly life-altering decision.

(Warning: Unfortunately, the book contains a description--albeit brief--of a cruel visual deprivation experiment conducted on cats. Otherwise, it's a fabulous read.)