A Crooked Smile: a memoir (Terri Tate)
Terri Tate is a psychiatric nurse specialist and inspirational humorist. Terri was first diagnosed with disfiguring oral cancer in 1991. She is a nationally recognized speaker, storyteller, and a consultant who uses lessons from her own struggle to help support anyone facing life challenges. For more info, visit territate.com
How do you keep going when the doctors give you a 2% chance of survival? For Terri Tate, it was a blend of faith, perseverance, prescription-strength humor--and most of all, a heart that never quit. "I had to stop reproaching myself for not being able to adhere to any one system of treatment," writes Terri. "I needed to create my own recipe for healing."
A Crooked Smile invites you to share Terri's astonishing experiences through cancer diagnosis, multiple surgeries, and the labyrinth of modern health care. Most of all, her physical challenges compelled her to take a spiritual journey she could never have imagined. Writing with a mix of gentle wit and courageous vulnerability, Terri recounts her years of living in a crucible of inner growth--and shares her surprising adventures with unlooked-for helpers, shamanic guides, and unexpected openings to spiritual sources of wisdom and healing.
"I do believe that our bodies possess self-healing mechanisms that we're only beginning to tap," writes Terri. "Whatever contributed to my survival, I am certain that something mystical beyond the medical was at work, and the final decision was out of my hands." With A Crooked Smile, she shares an unforgettable story of perseverance, love, and the small miracles that can save our lives.
"Thrilling in its insight and first-rate storytelling! Terri writes like a dream; she describes dark material in a way that is totally honest, yet also jaunty and visceral, and makes it easy to read about. I laughed out loud while reading this book, over and over, and marked it up like a student." --Anne Lamott, New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies
"An illuminating demonstration of the hard-won wisdom found in self-guided recovery after the heartbreak of disfiguring cancer. Tate takes us on a harrowing journey down the rabbit hole of scalpels, medical blunders, radiation, and complications, while generously revealing her power struggle with the harsh inner voice that lives in us all. Her story reminds readers of the magical strength of the authentic self as our truest ally--and of the fantastical medicine of shopping, power animals, city lights, and the one and only Johnny Mathis. A rich and well-crafted memoir!" --Patricia Arquette, award-winning actress