the survivors club by ben sherwood

Ben Sherwood, NYT best-selling author of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life, spoke at a conference I attended yesterday. (He also wrote the novel Charlie St. Cloud – which was made into a movie starring Zac Efron and is currently in theaters.) He delivered an uplifting speech, filled with anecdotes about individuals who have overcome unfathomable adversity, such as the woman who tripped and fell onto her knitting bag, resulting in a knitting needle piercing her sternum and heart. She was successfully operated on, but while reviewing her x-rays the doctors found early signs of breast cancer. Now in remission, she credits the knitting needle incident with saving her life.

Although it debuted in February 2009, I hadn’t heard of it before (clearly, not much time has been devoted to literary pursuits as of late!), and I’m looking forward to reading about more amazing stories. (A fun p.s.: a couple of weeks ago President Obama was pictured with the very same book in his hand – the author quipped, “I’m not sure if we should be worried about that or not!”)

Photo courtesy of bensherwood.com

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