The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times

The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times

A Memoir

Book - 2015
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From the well-known CBC journalist comes a story of hardship, resilience and repeatedly learning the same lesson.
          Peter Kavanagh was just an infant when he was diagnosed with paralytic polio and suffered permanent paralysis in the lower part of his left leg. As a child, Kavanagh endured painful medical procedures to even out the length of his legs, and experimental exercise techniques. He spent his youth in a leg brace and special footwear, isolating for a boy whose classmates ran freely in sneakers. His first lesson in walking was how to move while wearing such equipment. Throughout his life, as he developed a very successful career in public broadcasting, built a family, and indulged in his love of music and travel, Kavanagh underwent various surgeries and rehabilitation to give him "normal" mobility.
     The Man Who Learned to Walk Three Times is a moving memoir of a full life, and of learning the same lesson over and over. Like Oliver Sacks's books and Marni Jackson's classic Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign , it combines medical history with a very personal case study. It documents coping with one's pain, guilt and shame, and the anger that arises from being bullied. But this book is also a story of healing and rehabilitation, and of hard lessons, hard earned--about the courage to keep going and, if one way isn't working, the awareness and bravery to try something new. Over time, these decisions and lessons help form a sense of identity; as Kavanagh says, "Walking is the key to who I am."
Publisher: Toronto :, Alfred A. Knopf Canada,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345808523
Branch Call Number: 616. 8350092 KAV K
Characteristics: 257 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portrait ; 22 cm

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candleabra
Aug 09, 2015

This was a good read. Worth the time. The information & his personal story are well written & very interesting. I was impressed by his admission of wrongdoing.

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fatcat21
Jul 01, 2015

The author did a great job with this medical memoir. This was excellent reading. Highly recommended.

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