All through life we are encouraged to dream. When you’re suddenly paralysed from the neck down, you don’t expect to have any dreams left, other than maybe making a miraculous recovery. I dared to dream about writing a book, having it published and sold in bookstores.
YOU – my family, friends, Lowveld community, blog readers, Facebook friends, Twitter followers, writing mentors, editors, Tracey McDonald Publishers and Thundafund funders chose to back me and turned my dream into a reality.
An entire library wouldn’t have enough words to express my gratitude. You’ve given me back a part of my dignity and self-worth. I couldn’t have done it without you. This book, Brave Lotus Flower Rides The Dragon, is for you.
The hardcopy is available NOW at Exclusive Books nationwide (South Africa).
The print edition is also available from online retailers Loot and Exclusives.
The e-book is available on Amazon, Snapplify, Take-A-Lot and Kobo.
If you don’t find it, let me know and we will make a plan for you immediately.
If you’ve already read it and liked it, please tell everybody you know to go out and get theirs and spread the word. Thank you for all the love and support.
How wonderful Tracy! I will certainly be off to Exclusive books to get my copy! You are truly an inspiration to all of us!
Ms Sinclair you were my grade 1 teacher at Nelspruit primary school.
I am teary because you are one of the teachers who has had a positive influence in my life.
Wishing you success upon success with your new book.
Thank you so much for your comment Mmabatho. It’s always nice to hear from past students and to know that I made some kind of a difference. I miss teaching so much. Bless you.
What a wonderful success story. So glad you were able to share your inspiring story with us all. May it be a super-duper best seller, and shared all over.
Thank you, Janis. I know that you are on a similar journey with your hubby. It’s a tough one but life is always worthwhile. Stay strong.
I stumbled across your blog while reading Maankind’s words on “geluk is iets binne jouself. Regtig?” I immediately bought your book and am looking forward to reading it.
Thank you so much for the love and support. Let me know what you think.
I enjoyed reading the book because I’m from SA and know how the systems and hospitals work. I am so glad that everything worked out for the best for you. You are a fighter and that is the best part of it. At times I felt like Shaking you and also your ex-husband. I know that it is and was hard on both of you to handle the whole situation. I am also glad that you are still i contact with your son. It is very hard on him to have two parents who have difficulty sorting out everything. I am also very glad that your support group is just awesome. Thanks a lot for opening up your feelings in writing this book and then also to speak publicly. You go girl! Love you and your courage.
Read your blog post a few minutes ago and I went straight to AMAZON to download your book. It sounds amazing. I’ll post a review after I’ve read it.
Thank you so much, Tamara. I appreciate the love and support. Looking forward to seeing your review.
I’m so happy for you! I admit I had some reservations about publishing via the method you chose, but I’m not one to argue with achievement. You know your own environment and situation. I’ll download and read it soon! If you want a review I’ll give you one (in public or in private), but I do love you so I won’t really be able to “show my teeth”. Start dreaming about adaptation for a play, film or television program. Maybe a musical?
I’m retired now, and have been dealing with some time-consuming health problems in the extended family. My mother is enduring congestive heart failure, I have a severely diabetic cat (more complicated than it sounds), and Mary has been diagnosed with a serious chronic disease she does not wish me to share publicly (yet). I’m fine, aside from the early stages of osteoarthritis, quite normal in one’s sixth decade. These extra responsibilities have made it difficult to have time for blogging, and we can’t travel for now, but there are benefits. I’m gaining some wonderful insights, just by continuing to survive and serve, with more time for contemplation, prayer and reflection.
I did an amusing calculation after retiring, one I suspect you would understand better than most. Imaging work and caregiving involve a lot of interaction with patients who are wearing little clothing. I’ve examined and/or assisted at least 25 thousand people (all ages and body types) who were naked, or near enough. It has changed the way I perceive and relate to physicality itself, eventually erasing and re-orienting the programming and preferences I grew up with. I am able to enjoy, understand and appreciate people from a purely intuitive, empathetic point of view better than before, and it even helps improve my communications with the dogs, cats, deer, horses and birds in my surroundings. Perhaps I’ll be free from my body entirely by the time I have to be. You would think it would be like emotional dissociation, but I feel more integrated and psychologically healthy. Interesting, and unexpected. Every “touch” matters more, whether it occurs as a mental perception or through the regular synaptic paths. Another confirmation that feeling itself is mostly in your head. I remain driven by curiosity, and I hope I always will be. The rest is adaptation.
Bless and keep you, my dear friend. I wish you tremendous success, and will think of you on the 23rd.
— Michael P.
apologies for the slow response to your lovely comment, but I’ve had endless problems with slow Internet and was unable to access my blog. So frustrating.
I would LOVE you to read and review my book. You are welcome to show your teeth.
Thank you for your interesting insights into the body and physicality. You always make me think and see a different side to life, which is why I love you so. Thank you for the kind wishes. Please give all my love to Mary.
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