The Unwinding of the Miracle



The Unwinding of the Miracle As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip Williams began to write her story, a story like no other What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much a powerful exhortation to the living.That Julie Yip Williams survived infancy was a miracle Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight She would go on to become a Harvard educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible Then, at age thirty seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip Williams sought clarity and guidance through the experience and, finding none, began to write her way through it a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining Motherhood, marriage, the immigrant experience, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, fortune tellers, grief, reincarnation, jealousy, comfort, pain, the marvel of the body in full rebellion this book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously.With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well deployed anger, Julie Yip Williams set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle the story of her life. Free Read eBook The Unwinding of the Miracle Author Julie Yip-Williams – heartforum.co.uk

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Unwinding of the Miracle
  • Julie Yip-Williams
  • 13 August 2017
  • 0525511350

10 thoughts on “The Unwinding of the Miracle

  1. erica says:

    In the vein of Until I Say Goodbye A Book about Living, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Bright Hour A Memoir of Living and Dying, The Unwinding of the Miracle is an incredibly personal memoir about death and dying but that is ultimately, triumphantly, about life and living.This isn t one of those books targeted at cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families This is a book with a powerful message for everyone life can be terribly unfair sometimes, and it s devastating You re allow In the vein of Until I Say Goodbye A Book about Living, When Breath Becomes Air, and The Bright Hour A Memoir of Living and Dying, The Unwinding of the Miracle is an incredibly personal memoir about death and dying but that is ultimately, triumphantly, about life and living.This isn t one of those books targeted at cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their families This is a book with a powerful message for everyone life can be terribly unfa...

  2. Louise Wilson says:

    Julie Yip Williams was just thirty seven years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer Married, with two young daughters and with a career in law, she spent five years coming to terms and knowing that eventually her illness would lead to her death Yes, its the circle of life that we all revolve around, but no one expects or wants to die that young Julie s parents lived in Communist Vietnam When Julie was born, she had cataracts and her grandmother begged Julie s parents to take her to a Julie Yip Williams was just thirty seven years old when she was diagnosed with colon cancer Married, with two young daughters and with a career in law, she spent five years coming to terms and knowing that eventually her illness would lead to her death Yes, its the circle of life that we all revolve around, but no one expects or wants to die that young Julie s parents lived in Communist Vietnam When Julie was born, she had cataracts and her grandmother begged Julie s parents to take her to a herbalist, to get a tonic that would male Julie die Her grandmother believed that Julie s survival would only be a burden to the family The family escape to America where Julie receives the medical treatment for her eyes She was declared legally blind due to her poor vision But being blind did not hold Julie back This is an open and honest memoir that will resonate with ma...

  3. Stephanie Borders says:

    Julie Yip Williams was only 37 when she was diagnosed with the colon cancer that would eventually kill her Married, with a burgeoning law career and two young daughters, Yip Williams spent the next five years coming to terms with what death means Her goal was to embrace the inevitable She knew her disease would kill her, sooner rather than later She was heartsick at the thought of leaving her two young daughters motherless At the same time, death is the ending that we all must face, and Yip Julie Yip Williams was only 37 when she was diagnosed with the colon cancer that would eventually kill her Married, with a burgeoning law career and two young daughters, Yip Williams spent the next five years coming to terms with what death means Her goal was to embrace the inevitable She knew her disease would kill her, sooner rather than later She was heartsick at the thought of leaving her two young daughters motherless At the same time, death is the ending that we all must face, and Yip Williams wanted to stare death down with bravery and respect To the degree that my book speaks truth about not just the cancer experience but the human experience in general, I want people to be able to find themselves in the writing And in doing so, I want them to realize that they have never been alone in their sufferingI want them to find within the rich, twisted, and convoluted details of my life truth and wisdom that will bolster and comfort them through their j...

  4. Val Robson says:

    Julie Yip Williams has a very interesting story to tell in the 37 years before her colon cancer diagnosis in 2013 but this story is rarely mentioned as the book concentrates on the tests, treatments, clinical trials, pain and side effects she s endured from diagnosis to her death in 2018 She lists all the different cancer drugs she s had or considered with a lot of detail about the results of ongoing blood tests, MRI, PET, CAT scans, CEA levels, etc I feel very bad about giving such a review a Julie Yip Williams has a very interesting story to tell in the 37 years before her colon cancer diagnosis in 2013 but this story is rarely mentioned as the b...

  5. Rebecca says:

    A lawyer facing late stage cancer reflects on the happy life she had despite a disability and an inauspicious start, and bids farewell to her family It was miracle enough to have survived her first few years blindness, a euthanasia attempt, and fleeing Vietnam by boat , but she eventually graduated from Harvard Law School and joined a Wall Street law firm The author dubs herself a somewhat ruthless realist Early on she vowed she would do nothing desperate or bizarre in her quest for healin A lawyer facing late stage cancer reflects on the happy life she had despite a disability and an inauspicious start, and bids farewell to her family It was miracle enough to have survived her first few years blindness, a euthanasia attempt, and fleeing Vietnam by boat , but she eventually graduated from Harvard Law School and joined a Wall Street law firm The author dubs herself a somewhat ruthless realist Early on she vowed she would do nothing desperate or bizarre in her quest for healing, in contravention of what she calls the American hope industrial complex Yet she also left room for spirituality to surprise her The book resembles a set of journal entries or thematic essays, written at various times over her five years wi...

  6. Liz says:

    Heartbreaking doesn t begin to describe the emotional territory navigated in this memoir of the life, illness and death of a vibrant young mother stricken with metastatic colon cancer at the age of 37 The miracle of the title refers to the author s survival and good fortune against all odds, as a baby born blind in Vietnam in the late 1970s, a country impoverished and in disarray Escape to America, topnotch medical attention, and an Ivy League education furthered her miraculous life trajectory Heartbreaking doesn t begin to describe the emotional territory navigated in this memoir of the life, illness and death of a vibrant young mother stricken with metastatic colon cancer at the age of 37 The miracle of the title refers to the author s survival and good fortune against all odds, as a baby born blind in Vietnam in the late 1970s, a country impoverished and in disarray Escape to America, topnotch medical attention, and an Ivy League education furthered her miraculous life trajectory A high power legal career, love and motherhood completed the perfect picture But too soon the unwinding began How can an intense, take charge person deal with the loss of control imposed by incurable illness How might a philosophical, articulate woman ponder the possibility of dying How sh...

  7. Kirsten says:

    Julie was a friend of a friend I never met her.This is dark and intense I had to read it in little chunks, so I wouldn t get overwhelmed I especially liked her attacks on what she called the hope industrial complex I so admire her honesty, even when it gets dark and brutal She must have been r...

  8. Shirley Freeman says:

    I loved this beautiful and compelling memoir of living with and dying from colon cancer Julie Yip Williams packed a lot of living into her too short life She didn t mince words when writing about the awful stuff of cance...

  9. Candice Lee says:

    I feel bad writing this review as I don t wish to speak I ll of the dead, but this memoir was painful for me to get through While I can appreciate the value it holds for individuals in similar situations, and I m sure it s a wonderful gift for her daughters to remember her...

  10. Susan Hampson says:

    The story opens with a harrowing statement from Julie Yip Williams and I was in tears, something that would continue to happen throughout this book Each chapter an honest account of 5 years of her life and how her moods changed, her hopes and fears for her family and preparing her husband and little girls for the times she wouldn t be around any Within a couple of weeks of Julie Yip Williams being born the chances of her living a healthy, happy or long life didn t have good odds Julie was The story opens with a harrowing statement from Julie Yip Williams and I was in tears, something that would continue to happen throughout this book Each chapter an honest account of 5 years of her life and how her moods changed, her hopes and fears for her family and preparing her husband and little girls for the times she wouldn t be around any Within a couple of weeks of Julie Yip Williams being born the chances of her living a healthy, happy or long life didn t have good odds Julie was the third child to be born to her Vietnamese parents in Vietnam, and the second to have cataracts, except Julie s were much worse than her sister s had been T...

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