A Runner's Race to Survive
October 20, 2000, Joyce Lance, a fifty-two year old, raised on a farm and a survivor of past adversity, was about to face her greatest personal obstacle.
At five am, only four miles into her twenty-mile training run, Joyce was hit, head-on, by a speeding car, sending her to the hard, wet, morning pavement, broken, bleeding and barely alive. So begins her new passage into survival - and an arduous recovery fuelled by love, support and spirit.
HER LONGEST MARATHON is an investigative tale written by a medical doctor using hospital charts, police records, interviews and letters to compose this account of a remarkable woman, assumed dead by a fireman who thought she would make a good organ donor.
Rich with inspiration, this book reveals the special courage of an extraordinary personal recovery, from the gory accident, to A & E's hours of resuscitation, numerous operations and months of physical and mental rehabilitation - as seen through the eyes of a son, family, friends, doctors, nurses and the resiliently disciplined and unwavering faith of Joyce herself.
Full of the complexity of human drama, HER LONGEST MARATHON is a compelling tale of inner strength and equanimity.