With an introduction by Anne Lamott
How do you keep going when the doctors give you a two percent chance of survival? For Terri Tate, it was a blend of faith, perseverance, prescription-strength humor—and most of all, a heart that never quit. “I had to stop reproaching myself for not being able to adhere to any one system of treatment,” writes Terri. “I needed to create my own recipe for healing.”
A Crooked Smile is Terri’s irresistible story of her journey through diagnosis, surgeries, the labyrinth of modern health care, and into surprising new adventures in self-discovery. With her wry ability to illuminate the profound and the absurd, she invites us to experience her ride on the emotional roller-coaster of fear and hope; personal experiences with pretty much every spiritual practice ever devised; long bargaining and bitching sessions with a very stubborn God; and how the truly meaningful and joyous gifts of life always revealed themselves at the most unexpected times.
Terri Tate is a clinical nurse specialist, teacher, and humorist. Terri was first diagnosed with oral cancer in 1991, and is now a nationally recognized speaker; a consultant and therapist who uses lessons from her own struggle to help support anyone facing life challenges; and a stand-up comedienne with a popular one-woman show, Shopping As a Spiritual Path. For more, visit territate.com.
"This book is a refreshing story of great courage, revealing how one can embrace life in its entirety in order to live more fully and offering readers a depth of humanity we need badly in today's world." --Michael Finkelstein, MD, author of Slow Medicine