By Patricia Van Tighem
An striking tale of survival and restoration by way of a girl who was once attacked by way of a grizzly bear.
On a sunny fall day in 1983, Patricia Van Tighem and her husband, Trevor, all started a mountaineering journey within the Canadian Rockies with a two-thousand-foot climb via rocks and woodland. the subsequent morning, in a panorama dusted through snow, they crossed paths with a grizzly bear–and their lives have been perpetually changed.
That Van Tighem survived in any respect is a miracle, and her account of the assault is shiny and startling. yet her restoration used to be simply as nerve-racking: Her a variety of reconstructive surgical procedures have been painful; her facial
disfigurement remoted her; and the nightmares that haunted her carried their very own mental burden. but she was once finally capable of settle for her unthinkable reports, and to place her existence again jointly as a survivor, a spouse, and a mother.
With honesty and eloquence, The Bear’s Embrace tells of the unpredictability of existence, of bravery, terror, rage and love, of what it capacity to seem and suppose assorted in a tradition that values perfection. Uncommonly affecting, frequently wonderful, The Bear’s Embrace is an inspiring tale of human
perseverance and self-knowledge.
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He's in a number of traction, I see as I process the mattress. i do know from his chart that he has survived a vehicle coincidence during which his pregnant spouse was once killed. “Hi,” I say. His eyes glow within the dim gentle. “Not capable of sleep? ” “No. ” “I’m Trish. ” “I bear in mind you. one of many different nurses instructed me you have been the following. ” “So you're from Cardston. ” I circulation toward the mattress. “Yes. Your coincidence was once relatively a massive occasion in our group. How are you doing? Did your husband come again to paintings too? ” “Yes, he’s polishing off his 3rd 12 months of med institution. We’ve utilized for residencies at the West Coast. yet what approximately you? I’m so sorry to listen to approximately your spouse and child. What a poor blow. not less than Trevor and that i either survived. ” “Ah good, you can’t examine. it really is difficult. Very demanding. ” Orange road lighting shine in the course of the plaid curtains. I don’t understand what to assert, so I succeed in for his hand. He holds on yet appears away. “You and your husband have been in lovely tough form. Did they get the endure? ” he's combating to carry again tears and needs to alter the topic. “They needed to shoot the bear,” I inform him. “You’ve been via so much,” Tom says. He hesitates. “Do you may have nightmares? ” “Yes. And visions within the sunlight hours that torment me. I’m fearful just about all the time. scared of riding, fearful of canine, terrified of strangers. I don’t belief the realm in any respect. ” After that, Tom and that i stopover at nearly each evening. occasionally he can sleep, yet hardly ever, and so we speak. the opposite nurses and that i flow in separate worlds. I can’t relate to the conversations approximately buying and vacation trips and dinner events. i'm so on the subject of my very own ache and that of my sufferers that the day-by-day actions of existence look mundane and beside the point. not anything yet discomfort turns out to have any that means. In might, i'm going for one more surgical procedure. Sitting up in my health facility mattress, I speak with the anaesthetist, an older guy who won’t examine me and speaks in a monotone like a robotic. I’m scared. The extra anaesthetics and surgical procedures i've got, the extra anxious I develop into. The working room is green-tiled and chilly as i'm wheeled in. My physique shakes with a very good tremor. I yearn for a observe with my health care provider, yet he doesn’t come. His new resident, a person I’ve by no means obvious ahead of, comes as a substitute. “You’ll be fine,” the resident bellows, clapping a massive hand on my forearm. My head hurts whilst I get up, however the soreness isn't excruciating. they've got made a lot of the incision via scalp quarter that's numb. A flattened balloon referred to as a tissue expander has been put lower than my scalp, at the most sensible of my head the place there's hair. it is going to stay there for 6 weeks. each one week i'm going to stopover at the emergency division to have the balloon inflated a small volume. whilst it's absolutely inflated and that i appear like a conehead, they are going to eliminate the expander and pull the newly stretched dermis down over the bald grafted quarter at the again of my head. finally, i'll have an entire head of hair. by the point I go back to paintings, the 1st inflations were performed, and there’s a raised bump at the best of my head displaying during the kerchief. i'm in consistent discomfort.