A Crooked Smile: A Memoir
by Terri Tate
"This book is a refreshing story of great courage, revealing how one can embrace life in its entirety in order to live more fully and offering readers a depth of humanity we need badly in today s world. "
- Michael Finkelstein, MD, author of Slow Medicine
How do you keep going when the doctors give you a 2% chance of survival? For Terri Tate, it was a blend of faith, perseverance, prescription-strength humor and most of all, a heart that never quit. I had to stop reproaching myself for not being able to adhere to any one system of treatment, writes Terri. I needed to create my own recipe for healing.
A Crooked Smile invites you to share Terri s astonishing experiences through cancer diagnosis, multiple surgeries, and the labyrinth of modern health care. Most of all, her physical challenges compelled her to take a spiritual journey she could never have imagined. Writing with a mix of gentle wit and courageous vulnerability, Terri recounts her years of living in a crucible of inner growth and shares her surprising adventures with unlooked-for helpers, shamanic guides, and unexpected openings to spiritual sources of wisdom and healing.
I do believe that our bodies possess self-healing mechanisms that we re only beginning to tap, writes Terri. Whatever contributed to my survival, I am certain that something mystical beyond the medical was at work, and the final decision was out of my hands. With A Crooked Smile, she shares an unforgettable story of perseverance, love, and the small miracles that can save our lives.