Lois was a stay at home mother, enjoying her family when in 1990 the discovery of three primary cancers in her left breast shocked her and her family! Lois taught piano, and music theory learning along the way to become a super teacher. Her encounter with breast cancer sparked a writer, as she started writing poetry and her experiences in a way that was unusual in its honesty. She revealed in a book and in newspaper articles how it felt to lose such an important part of her anatomy. And even appeared nude from the waist up on the cover of the October 1993 issue of Colorado Woman News in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. A lecture tour then took this couple on a 400,000 mile journey as she spoke to groups all over the country, bringing understanding and hope to both those who had expienced breast cancer and those who brought healing.
I enjoyed reading This Path We Share very much. This book is a very readable, captivating, and perceptive review of the author's 60 years of married life. Its narrative reflects the author's sense of humor as well as her analytic and candid commentary on the joys, sorrows, conflicts, milestones, and mundane events associated with marital and family life. She honestly shares her wisdom as well as her vulnerability, which makes us readers feel as though our lives, with all of our joys and sorrows, have great meaning, too. The book confronts questions and conflicts and offers suggestions for their resolution in an open and sensitive manner, and invites the reader to reflect on his/her own personal family and marital relationships. I only know one couple that has made it that far, and that's my husbands grandparents, we celebrated their 60th anniversary last year! After so long together, they really are a part of each other. Congratulations to Lois Hjelmstad for another great book, and her 60 years of marriage.
Thinking to the Holidays, think about all the women in your life, I know they would really enjoy this read!
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