“’I didn’t marry your arms and your legs … if you can do it, I can do it,’” was the first thing Linda Olson’s husband, Dave Hodgens, said to her after the accident. Meet Linda, who at age twenty-nine, lost both her legs and right arm in a train vs. car accident in Germany. In spite of everything, she decided to take control of her life rather than become a victim…
Please join us for this heartfelt Virtual Fireside Adventure to discuss Linda’s inspiring memoir, Gone: A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life, an incredible story of survival that reminds us all how precious life is. So make a hot cup of tea, grab a tissue or two, and curl up on the couch for this must-see Adventure where you can chat live with Linda, ask questions, and converse with her “on stage.” This Adventure will certainly inspire you to be thankful on so many levels.
To join our virtual event on the exciting new storytelling platform, Fireside, simply purchase a book below and we will send you a private VIP link to attend the virtual event. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can be part of the virtual audience to chat live with Linda. With other devices, you can still listen live to the broadcast. Log-in instructions will be emailed 3-5 days prior to the event.
Your Adventure includes a paperback copy of Gone, tax, shipping within the U.S. and Canada, a live Fireside chat with Linda, Q&A, and the opportunity to hear Linda’s remarkable story.
At age twenty-nine, Linda Olson lost both her legs above the knee and her right arm in a train vs. car accident in Germany. Linda had to rebuild her life as she learned to walk with prostheses and devised new ways to perform the activities of daily living.
A year later she moved back to Los Angeles where she lived independently, gave birth to her first child, and finished her Radiology training. She had an illustrious thirty-year career as a Professor of Radiology at the University of California, San Diego where she was the Director of Breast Imaging and the recipient of many teaching awards. With help from teams of friends and family, Linda and her husband Dave raised their two children to canoe, kayak, backpack, raft and travel in remote places.
Detailing her experience in her new memoir, Gone, Linda explains how Dave and she were young doctors whose story had all the makings of a fairy tale. But then, while they were vacationing in Germany, a train hit their van, shattering their lives―and Linda’s body. When Linda saw Dave for the first time after losing her right arm and both of her legs, she told him she would understand if he left. His response: “I didn’t marry your arms or your legs. If you can do it, I can do it.”
In order to protect their loved ones, they decided to hide the truth about what really happened on those train tracks, and they kept their secret for thirty-five years. As a triple amputee, Linda learned to walk with prostheses and change diapers and insert IVs with one hand. She finished her residency while pregnant and living on her own. And she and Dave went on to pursue their dream careers, raise two children, and travel the world.
Gone asks readers to find not only courage but also laughter in the unexpected challenges we all face.
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