- Title: Just Don't Fall: A Hilariously True Story of Childhood, Cancer, Amputation, Romantic Yearning, Truth, and Olympic Greatness
- Author: Josh Sundquist
- Released: 2010-12-28
- Pages: 336
- ISBN: 0143118781
- ASIN: B004Y6MZ5Y
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From Sundquist was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer as a nine-year-old and soon thereafter lost his leg to the disease. His dad was an aspiring minister and his mother a very conservative Christian who home-schooled her children. This first-person memoir relates his and his family’s struggle with the disease and his evolution into a young man who competed successfully in the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, Italy. Readers expecting an inspirational tale of faith, family, and determination in overcoming a devastating illness will not be disappointed. What will delight readers even more is the unexpected literary skill and absurdist humor employed by Sundquist to recount his journey. Particularly telling are his memories of the years when he was diagnosed and the period immediately after the amputation; his child’s-eye view of the proceedings is both heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud funny. It’s those Sedaris-like observations—substituted for the overwrought seriousness that fuels many inspirational first-person accounts of adversity overcome—that make this a very special book. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. pdf