Reflections - The Story of Dorothy Swanson, wife of an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper
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Reflections is the intimate memoir of English born Dorothy Swanson, wife to paratrooper Norman, from the 82nd Airborne Division, and a mother of nine. She shares the most exciting, emotional, amusing, embarrassing, horrifying and interesting moments from her life while studying to become an OR nurse, and caring for one of the world’s most beloved comatose patients, Teri Schiavo.
Dorothy’s young life crafted a strong constitution and a gift of humor she developed as the horrors of WWII shaped her character. As a child, she was bullied, beaten and sexually abused. Forced into child labor, she became a prisoner in her own home. Hope came at the age of 15 when she met her future husband, Norman. They were married over a blacksmith’s anvil in Gretna Green, Scotland. She was 18 and he was 33.
With a tenacious spirit, Dorothy follows Norman from base-to-base, country-to-country with eight children in tow. She bore witness to racial inequality and the horrors at Crownsville Hospital Center, in Maryland. She immersed herself in the beauty of Germany, and healed old family wounds. Following the birth of their ninth child, Norman died. Dorothy relocated to Florida where she became a charge nurse in the unit that oversaw Teri Schiavo’s care.
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“Dorothy's memoir has been vividly yet skillfully brought to life by Cynthia A. Sandor in what is a journey of happiness, pain, sadness, extreme hardship, and pure determination often against seemingly impossible odds.” Tim Heath - Pen and Sword Books Ltd Author/Military Historian. Author of “Hitler's Girls-Doves Amongst Eagles.”
“With frankness tempered by sensitivity, Cynthia A. Sandor renders the true story of a woman’s untiring faithfulness in her intrinsic worthiness and her heroic striving toward personal actualization.” Linda Lee Greene - Author of “A Chance at the Moon.”
“A beautiful read that touches one's senses to the core.”
Jeanne Onuska - European Military Historical Society