Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life by Carol Decker (with Stacey Nash) is a great story of encouragement. If you’re struggling with challenges, depression, or adversity you’ll find help for your soul in this book!
Carol was nearly 8 months pregnant when she became ill and went into preterm labor. Her daughter, Safiya, was delivered prematurely and spent time in the NICU, but ultimately was a healthy baby. Carol didn’t fare as well. Ill with pneumonia, she was also septic (where infection triggers chemicals to be released into the body, causing widespread and life-threatening inflammation which cascades into organ failure or even death), and additionally developed DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) a clotting disorder which ultimately cost her her legs below the knee, her left forearm, and her right ring finger….and left her blind.
After surviving the initial battle with sepsis she was transferred to a burn unit for her skin grafting. Carol endured multiple surgeries, not just for her amputations, but approximately 30% of her body needed skin grafts because of the death of tissues. She was treated as they treat a burn patient, with debriding (removing dead tissue) and dressing changes that were excruciating. Simply laying down caused her extreme pain because one site they took donor skin from was her back. Her physical — and mental — suffering was immense.
Upon arrival at the burn unit, she was told that her trach (breathing tube in an incision in her neck) would have to be capped making it so she couldn’t speak (again depriving her of her one connection to the world around her…remember, she couldn’t see).