The doctor sniffed disapprovingly at the commotion. Seeing how Hannah embraced life with so much celebration, Mrs. I ran my hand across my abdomen. Hannah's Gift is the story of the last year in the life of Hannah Martell, a 3-year-old girl diagnosed with an aggressive, rare cancer, as told by her mother, Maria. Asking for what you want is okay, the author learned from her daughter, and that was only one of the lessons. I cried all the way to Lili's house, not only for the life I had lost, but for my fear about what lay ahead.
And it seems that this book was exactly what I needed to read at the very moment I read it. Drifting out of a deep sleep, I lay in bed, my eyes closed, inhaling the cool morning air that wafted in through the open window, its breath a welcome respite from the previous night's August heat. The true measure of a life is not its length but the fullness with which it is lived From the Hardcover edition. Memories from the last year of Hannah's life. A remarkable story, remarkably told, it will bring comfort to anyone touched by loss, and renewed faith in the power of love. A sick child would be listless and lethargic, would run a fever all day, not just at night.
As a child life specialist working with pediatric patients the lessons from Hannah reflect many of the wishes, wants and needs of children during a time of illness or hospitalization. Within these pages Maria Housden shares the transformative lessons in living she received from her three-year-old daughter Hannah, who brought courage, honesty, and joy to her struggle with cancer. She had been complaining that it hurt to lie down; she moaned in her sleep and ran a slight fever at night. Joy isn't concerned about being messy, mismatched or unloved. I did the only thing I could do: I let both be true. I don't have to wait for my fear to go away.
I'll call you as soon as I know anything. I stretched my body and sighed contentedly. I read it in two days. Ihren Leidenweg, ihre Glückmomente, aber auch die Stunden der Zweisamkeit nur mit Hannah spricht sie in ihrem Buch schonungslos an und doch habe ich mich manchmal gefragt, ob gerade wirklich einer Dreijährigen gegenüber stehe oder nicht doch schon einer jungen Frau. We cannot change it, but we can change the way we live with it. The story does not end with her death, it continues with the months and years of coping, grieving, surviving, and eventually emerging from darkness and into a life that commands to be lived fully.
Still, it's a very fast read. I woke to it slowly. During her illness Hannah showed how we can truly live in the moment and break free from lives suffocated by too many unlived joys. It's not a fluid story, but rather, snatches of moments and memories that particularly stand out in Maria Housden's mind, from the day she found out Hannah had leukemia, through Hannah's last year of life, and out the other side of her death, and how the family coped with her passing. It is about a three-year-old girl called Hannah, who is diagnosed with cancer. During her illness Hannah showed how we can truly live in the moment and break free from lives suffocated by too many unlived joys. When we're willing to do the best we can with what we know, to be honest with ourselves and others about who we are and what really matters to us, only then are the lives we live and the love we receive truly our own.
From Hannah's story emerge five profound lessons - of truth, joy, faith, compassion and wonder - that have the power to change our lives. Archived from on July 14, 2011. I'd lay down and die. The surgeons take her shoes off after she has the anasthetic, and they put them back on before she wakes up. Hanging up the phone, I joined my friends at the table and picked at my food, too numb to talk or eat.
Truth is fierce and unrelentingly. This book made me laugh and as well, it made me cry. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher. How could I possibly think such a thing? Imagine having to watch your three year old daughter slowly fading away, and knowing you can do nothing to save her, and that's what this book is about. If you want, make an appointment with her pediatrician when you get home; but as far as I can see, she's fine.
Miscarriages I knew; blood in the urine of a two-year-old I didn't. Archived from on December 19, 2006. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death--and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living. With this kind of book, you know the end going in. The thought-provoking words that 3 yr. No wimpy Jell-O and mashed potatoes post-op, she commanded; I want pizza. Don't pack them in a box and tuck them under your bed.
And I am not talking about normal crying. Thank you for sharing Hannah's Gift with all of us. I waited a long time for my daughter, who happens to be the same age as Hannah when she was diagnosed, and even though I already knew enough to cherish every moment with her, this book brought it home even more. Tears pooled in my ears and soaked through the paper sheet beneath me. Its slightly rounded fullness reassured me.
It touched me enough that the book nagged at me for days until I picked it up yesterday. During the last year of her short life, Hannah was fearless in the way she faced death—and irrepressibly joyful in the way she approached living. As I turned every page I began to feel like I was there with Hannah and her mother going through every moment with them. Filled with wisdom and grace, tears and laughter, Hannah's Gift is one such book. Thank you for lending me this book. Excerpted from Hannah's Gift: Lessons from a Life Fully Lived by Maria Housden All rights reserved by the original copyright owners.