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When a young woman is severely injured in a car accident just one month before her wedding, no one knows if she’ll ever walk again, let alone get married. From This Day Forward is the inspiring memoir of Pat Velte’s life as a wheelchair-bound wife, parent, and working mom. It takes place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in the 1950s and 60s, before the word disabled was even invented. Crippled was the label most commonly used at the time. It meant that you weren’t a part of normal society, but don’t tell that to Pat. She not only led a normal life, she led an extraordinary one.
Alison Cotter is the author of three Lucent Books for middle school readers available at Amazon.com. In addition, she publishes personal and professional memoirs for individuals, families, and businesses. Alison lives in Southern California where she teaches writing at Long Beach City College and coaches students on personal essays for college applications. Visit alisoncotter.com for more information.