This memoir is a 10 year period of my life, beginning with 9/11/01. I am a speaker and am willing to travel around the country promoting my book.
Amazon Review: Reading is a great love of mine. Always has been. I have hundreds of books on my bookcases. I try to read about a variety of subjects, not just my favorites which are American history and biographies of great people. I especially like biographies of great people who defy odds, who place character above gain, and who left the world a better place. But a review of my shelves turns up but a handful of books by female authors. I suppose many men are guilty of this. But I am rethinking this affinity for male authors because of a book titled 'First Aid for Heroes' by Jane Davis. This is a true story about a nurse married to an Army doctor and commander, and her reaction to various events of her life. The first of these trials were the attacks of September 11th, 2001. While I and many of my male friends beat our chest and demanded the national government enter wars in far flung places, Jane volunteered to help as a nurse at Ground Zero. This would be remarkable enough, but her steady performance resulted in achieving a leadership role in caring for the volunteers who helped dig out the victims' bodies, remove the wreckage, and begin the restoration. It was rough work, and heartbreaking. For her efforts she was recognized by the American Red Cross, and by President Bush who singled her out as an example of exemplary volunteerism. She only accepted it on behalf of the scores of men and women who selflessly gave of their time and their hearts when New York City needed both so much. When her tour at Ground Zero was done she returned to what she thought would be the more normal life she was accustomed to. Before long, and after they had suspected something was wrong, Jane and her husband received the devastating news that he was suffering from not one, but two rare, debilitating and life threatening diseases. She was the bond that held the family together during the trying period of his treatments, and the eventual remission of the diseases. We can all learn from the example Jane has set in each of the trials that have beset her and her family. I would not have read this book had it not been recommended by a friend. But I'm glad I did. This is a story of gutsy courage, of selfless and loving devotion to country and family, and of leaving the world a better place. You will enjoy it.
Amazon Review: This is a FABULOUS book about Jane's memoirs during her work at Ground Zero and after, and I couldn't put it down. It is well written and shows a side that is not normally written about ... her life and how it impacted her family and friends while she was there and afterwards. A definite must read. Help other customers find the most help
Goodreads review: Your clear and straightforward writing style shows what an honest and sincere person you are. I appreciated reading your journey step by step to learn all the difficult and trying time you encountered in the past ten years in your life. And I am most impressed to read how each time you have the courage, determination, and love to face the challenges and turn some of the most dismal and depressing situations into positive and inspiring celebrations.