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When Life Hits You Over the Head

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Rabbi Sherre Hirsch: Last April, my first book, "We Plan, God Laughs: What To Do When Life Hits You Over the Head" was published. If you have read it then you know I dedicated it to my mom for her courage and how she overcame so many challenges in her life. I wrote a lot about how life had hit me over the head quite a few times up to that point. And, honestly, by the date of publication I was sure I had reached my quota.

We Plan, God Laughs
So you can imagine my total shock and sadness when, four months later, my mother was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (GBM) - stage 4 brain cancer.

Life certainly hit us over the head.


I have been strengthened by the support and love of all the people who shared their own stories with me. They remind me how each one of us is not alone on this journey. Life will continue to throw us curve balls again and again whether we think we have had enough or not.

On June 16, 2009 my mother turned 65 years old, the paperback of "We Plan, God Laughs" went on sale and I am on a mission.

In celebration of my mother's fight and for all those fighting cancer, I will be donating 10% of the paperback profits to the Art of the Brain Fund to help in the fight against brain cancer.

I wrote that while we may not always be happy, our task in life is to make meaning. Together with your support I hope that we can not only further research, but find a cure; I hope we can give others the chance at a better life. I hope that we will create meaning.

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Sheron June 29, 2009, 1:26 AM

Sigh. I guess empathy, kindness, and advice about elderly loved ones can’t come free anymore. Gotta buy the book.

I clicked on this title hoping for some encouragement and advice, and all I got was an ad for a book.

Sheron June 29, 2009, 2:09 AM

Wouldn’t it be neat if people helped other people for free??!

Like, I will go visit your sick mom, if you visit mine. Because I can take your moms crap. You can take my moms crap.

There is an answer out there for elderly heath care, and it’s not about buying a book! It’s about living it.

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