If You Fall: It's a New Beginning

If You Fall: It's a New Beginning

by KarenDarke (Author)


"I always thought I'd rather be dead than paralysed: One slip, one moment and everything changes..." Most of us live life in a safe zone but some individuals look over the edge. A few years ago, Karen Darke was on a rock-climbing expedition on sea cliffs in Scotland. She fell, and was paralysed. This is Karen's story about coming to terms with her lost of movement from the chest down and regaining the will to live. Out of her disability comes strength to embrace, challenge and transform it into an opportunity to learn and grow. It is also about the borderline between body and spirit. Karen is drawn into the world of faith healing and spirit surgeons in the Brazilian jungle. In testing these improbable claims she explores her own inner world and self whilst regaining her confidence. Combining wheels with wilderness, Karen escapes the city and embarks on an evermore daring series of adventures by hand-cycle, ski and kayak. Karen's story is inspiring and energizing; it will help everybody who reads it to respond positively, to overcome adversity, and to strive for their dreams.


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More Information

Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Publisher: O Books
Published: 26 Oct 2006

ISBN 10: 1905047886
ISBN 13: 9781905047888

Media Reviews
Karen's captivating story shines a bright light on the meaning of exploration, and on the limitless capabilities of the human spirit. Ranulph Fiennes, explorer Karen Darke has overcome the restrictions of injuries that would have broken many others and discovered a life of challenge and adventure that most of us only dream about. Joe Simpson, mountaineer and author of Touching the Void
Author Bio
Karen Darke spends most of her time running Inspire and Impact, delivering training courses, and working for charity. She also organises and takes part in expeditions to remote wilderness places. She lives in Morayshire, Scotland.