Aspen Lecture: Two Sisters: A Story of Care

A bone marrow transplant was Maggie Lake’s only hope of surviving lymphoma, and her sister, Elizabeth Lesser, was the perfect match. But Elizabeth’s decision to become a donor meant not only agreeing to a painful procedure, but also to exploring with Maggie their mind/body connection as they raced against the clock to clean up their relationship and strengthen their bond. Her book, Marrow, explores both their bone marrow transplant and their "soul marrow transplant," and asks us all to consider the healing power in giving fully of ourselves. Psychology Today calls Elizabeth “heartfelt without being Pollyanna, wise without being condescending, and spiritual without being woo-woo.”

Speakers: Elizabeth Lesser
Festival: Spotlight Health 2017

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