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Former resident signs book about life-changing ordeal

Published: Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Former Sycamore resident Loretta Goebel, who went through a life-changing ordeal, will sign copies of “A Life In Parts,” the true story of her harrowing experience, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Shawn’s, 204 Somonauk St. in Sycamore.

On the afternoon of Dec. 11, 2001, a seemingly harmless injury in her own home led to a serious infection that landed Goebel in the hospital, and before long, she was at death’s door. In the end, she miraculously survived, but lost both her legs, her left hand, and most of the fingers on her right hand. 

During her recovery, she became friends with Paul McCartney and Heather Mills, a single-leg amputee. Mills pointed Goebel in the direction of a clinic in England where her own prosthetic leg was made. There Goebel was fitted for new limbs that allowed her to go on with her life and feel pretty and feminine again.

Through all her pain and loss, Goebel never gave up; she never lost herself. Her story of courage and the power of the human spirit told in the newly released book, “A Life in Parts,” written by Vicki Bennington and Daniel Brannan and published by Stonebrook Publishing of St. Louis, is an inspirational testament for everyone. 

Mills wrote the foreword to the book, and both Paul McCartney and supermodel Cindy Crawford gave back-cover endorsements.

For more information, visit www.alifeinparts.com.

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