Beautiful Affliction

Beautiful AfflictionThis memoir contains in it one of the greatest love stories I have encountered, which caused me to hug my husband tighter and rock my daughter longer Don t misunderstand, this is not brain candy mushy reading that personally makes me nauseous Fogelberg s memoir is real in every way it broke my heart and mended it at the same time I cried, I laughed, and now, after reading, I want to share this beautiful work with everyone. Lene Fogelberg s Beautiful Affliction is an incredibly rewarding read At times harrowing, her account of living on the edge of death for most of her life nonetheless resonates with hope and love Her words have a certain gentleness and grace that buoyed me, and made me feel the wonder of life anew. Ok, friends, this is a fantastic read I havent read many memoirs in my life, but if there are like this, it s a genre worth exploring This book has the language, the emotions, the people, the love story, the problems, the excitement, everything that makes a book completely wonderful It s a difficult story though imagine knowing you are dying and noone listening Thinking you are crazy And then being right, all along And being sooo close I usually judge my reading experience by how it makes me feel, during, and after, and this book definitely instills emotions And the emotions are of the best kind emotions of wonder, of beauty, of love Ability to see beauty in every little detail around you Seeing the world through the eyes of this author, is something I highly recommend Fogelberg has crafted a literary and beautifully compelling story about a mysterious monster that is destroying her health and yet defies all medical attempts to find a cause Once it is cast as a mental issue, no one seems interested in digging any deeper She knows something is wrong, but no one will believe her As captivating as this part of the story is, however, it is much than a medical mystery It is a heartfelt and touching story about a mother who loves her husband and children and struggles with the thought of leaving them behind Her efforts to give them a sense of her love and how she wants that love to be remembered is what makes this book a magnificent memoir that I will be thinking about for a long time. This Book.Even long before it existed, I wanted to love it.Several years ago, my mother in law who knows Lene s mother told me about Lene s move from Sweden to Philadelphia, and how it resulted in her life saving open heart surgery.Even back then, Lene s story gave me chills.And then several months back, I heard Lene had written a book about her life journey A fellow writer A fellow writer, who is also a Swede living abroad I had to investigate this girl.One visit to her blog later, and I knew I d stumbled onto something and someone special Over the past several months, our online friendship has meant surprisingly much to me.So naturally, I was excited to dive right into Lene s book the day it arrived on my doorstep.Excited, and also afraid What if I didn t like her book as much I wanted What if my admiration for her and my blind trust in her abilities had created expectations too high for her memoir to live up to On the very first page, the tension in my shoulders melted.Yes I knew I was right to trust Lene.This Book.But I have to be careful I don t want to create hype hype is difficult to live up to, even for a memoir as extraordinary as Lene s.But But If you are anything like me, as you read this book you might be tempted to Savor a glass of apple juice, just to make sure it really isn t the solution to all the world s problems Almost hug Lene s heart surgeon And possibly almost slap some of her other doctors on second thought, scratch the almost Bring out a tape measure, to see just how much scarring Lene had post surgery Count the number of words in that crazy long sentence that hits you right in the ribs Call all your friends and family and ask them how they are really doing and how you can help, because afflictions are difficult enough without the heavy burden of loneliness Look up some Norwegian jokes I had almost forgotten about those The rest is yours to discover, and savor, and above all feel.At a few points early on in the story, I did feel that Lene and her marriage seemed a little too good to be true, a little too near perfect apart from the problems related to her illness, of course And then I read the next few chapters and I saw and felt her struggle and I thought yes, she is real, and yes, I can relate Guys, this is Lene s first book Her first I have not yet had any books published, but over the past many years I have stacked up about ten novel length manuscripts and over a hundred picture book manuscripts.I am trying very hard to not be jealous of Lene s ability to mesmerize Lene s book is a perfect selection for book clubs And if Beautiful Affliction ends up being the best seller it has the potential to be, and the whole world begs to be Lene s best friend, just remember this I saw her first.This Book.Yes, Lene almost lost her heart Perhaps that is why she is so adept at touching ours. I was drawn into this book from the beginning Before I knew the story, Lene Fogelberg s skillful writing promised to bring me along on her journey with honesty and respect And what a story it is It s about intuition, love, weakness and strength Family, faith, heritage And always poetry One of the themes that I connected with is that of trusting one s intuition Intuition for one s own health and well being is often contradicted by those professionals who know better And we learn to trust others understanding of our bodies rather than believe what we know to be true about our own selves Lene literally heard her heart telling her something was wrong and it took years to have anyone take her complaints seriously except for her steadfast husband Many passages spoke to me personally, but one has stayed with me since I finished the book And that is just it, maybe these things only come to the weak, because in strength the body only knows itself, is full of itself, its movements its words, but in weakness is the invisible and the whisperings In the moment before the darkness falls, there is the answer to the riddle, with a finger over its lips Shhh, don t say anything, just listen, but what am I supposed to say This struck me as an insightful and important understanding intuition at its finest Most stories of one person s fight against all odds are moving and inspirational I m not even sure why this one stands out for me as being even than that, but I found it to be compelling, essential and important I would recommend this book to anyone, not only those who might benefit from an empathetic perspective for a similar situation, but for anyone who values a well written book that is both intelligent and beautiful. Beautiful Affliction is a stunning debut memoir about a young woman whose fatal congenital heart condition is dismissed by the medical community in Sweden But, it isn t only the topic that makes this memoir a page turner Lene Fogelberg weaves a riveting story of fear of impending death, invalidated for years as she struggles with daily fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath She knows something is wrong and often feels she is going insane while putting up a valiant front for her husband and two little girls Underlying this daily challenge is the deep love that she and her husband, Anders, share I felt the love, the frailties, the fears It s her prose lyrical and fluid which kept me up way past my bedtime I could not put the book down and read it in one sitting She brought me right into her story with ease through her vivid details and genuine voice It flows seamlessly through rocky terrain and against the backdrop of seemingly impossible odds Even though I knew she survived, it still kept me on edge.Her use of flashbacks is very effective as she alternates chapters between her past and her present leading up to the heart surgery that saved her life This serves to build the tension and kept me highly engaged in the story The circumstances of her ultimate diagnosis and treatment are nothing short of a miracle The beauty of memoir is that we are invited into another person s story in a way where we can connect with our own story We are part of the story as we share in the experience, feeling the pain and rejoicing in the triumphs and the gift of life Lene s memoir delivers on all counts A truly beautiful and uplifting memoir, masterfully written It is hard to believe that English in not Lene s first language The story is compelling and the prose is poetic I thought it fitting to read the story with the din of cicadas humming through my neighborhood I am glad Lene chose to share her story with the world Maybe in the sharing, she can can help us all silence the whispering monsters in our lives. Brilliantly paced, this memoir left me as breathless as if I d read a thriller about a killer circling its victim The writing has a spare and clear rhythm It echoes the writer s constant struggle to escape the riddle that engulfs her very being from childhood to the young wife and mother she has become When Lene Fogelberg is a child in Sweden, doctors persuade her family there is nothing wrong with her even as every breath she takes is a struggle This memoir weaves glimpses of that past into an ever tightening noose that engulfs Lene and her new family It grips the reader and won t let go until the very last page It is a heart wrenching journey of determination, love, and a last minute chance for survival against almost impossible odds. Lene Fogelberg Is Dying She Is Sure Of It But No Doctor In Sweden, Her Home Country, Believes Her Love Stories Enfold Her, With Her Husband, Her Two Precious Daughters, Her Enchanting Surroundings, But The Question She Has Carried In Her Heart Since Childhood Will I Die Young Is Threatening All She Holds Dear, Even Her Sanity When Her Young Family Moves To The US, An Answer, A Diagnosis, Is Finally Found She Is In The Last Stages Of A Fatal Congenital Heart Disease But Is It Too Late Unflinchingly Honest And Often Harrowing, Beautiful Affliction Is An Inspiring Account Of Growing Up And Living On The Verge Of Death And Of The Beauty, Harshness, Loneliness, And, Ultimately, Unbending Love That Can Be Found There

Lene Fogelberg is a Swedish global citizen, a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award winning author and a double open heart surgery survivor.Growing up in a small town on the Swedish west coast, Lene Fogelberg developed a love of poetry and reading, nurtured by the rural surroundings of her childhood She went on to study languages and creative writing at the University of Gothenburg and the St

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  • 352 pages
  • Beautiful Affliction
  • Lene Fogelberg
  • English
  • 09 April 2019

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