Note: Originally published as “Latter-day Saint author shares experiences with tragedy, ‘choosing a beautiful life’” on November 8, 2018, by Kelsey Schwab Adams, For the Deseret News.
“You can turn something bad — any trial in your life — into something good and make it an opportunity. I didn’t set out to (write a book), I was just surviving day by day and it has taken multiple years to get here… We are all going through loss. Some people have recently lost a parent and some are battling cancer, some have lost their house or their job. My loss isn’t greater than anyone else’s, it’s just different. We are all here to help each other through these losses and to connect with each other.”
When Carol Decker, a member of the Enumclaw Washington Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, signs her letters, she writes: “Forever Grateful.”
“I am so grateful to be alive and I’m grateful for every moment that I have,” she said.
Decker is blind and a triple amputee, but this doesn’t define her. She is a mother, a motivational speaker, a wife, a friend and a follower of Jesus Christ. In her book “Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life” (Shadow Mountain Publishing, $15.99, 204 pages), Decker describes her life-altering experiences battling sepsis and creating her new life.
Featured Image: “Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life” takes readers on a personal journey through Carol Decker’s darkest moments and greatest triumphs as she learns lessons in love, gratitude, forgiveness and true connection to others through the healing process. Credit: Deseret Book