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So Many Everests: From Cerebral Palsy to Casualty Consultant [Paperback]

Diana Webster , Victoria Webster , Dr Victoria Webster
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19 Oct 2012
Dr Victoria Webster was born with cerebral palsy, which affected her speech and movement. However she was also extremely bright. Determined to use her considerable talents to the utmost, she grew up to become a doctor - and the first to specialise in Accident and Emergency medicine in a Nordic country.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lion Books (19 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745955959
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745955957
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is easily the most moving book I have read.' --Katherine Whitehorn, journalist and columnist

About the Author

Diana Webster is a retired University lecturer and writer, who taught English Language and Literature at Helsinki University. she combined this with working for Finnish radio and TV, and has also written over one hundred textbooks. She has written award-winning radio plays for adults, and had magazine articles published in the UK and the US. She was a lay representative for the Diocese of Europe on the General Synod.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic 31 Dec 2012
Loved this book, as a physiotherapist and as a mother of a boy with Cerebral palsy thought it was brilliant, unfortunately it still holds that there are those in the Medical and non- medical world who see the disability first but there are those who beat the odds and show that their is ability in every disability.
Would recommend this to all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very inspiring account 9 May 2014
By Robaire
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I would recommend reading this book - it is an inspiring account of a young woman born with cerebral palsy. Despite the disadvantages she had to overcome, she managed to negotiate the school system and gain a place at medical school - she faced adversity both in compensating for her impairments and in convincing the medical establishment that she could perform as a doctor despite having a neurodevelopmental disability. Her family were very supportive and her mother contributes to the story. Victoria grew up in Finland and undertook part of her education in Sweden. In addition to being a very inspiring account of succeeding in a competitive career and proving those with negative reservations wrong, this story shows how progressive countries like Finland and Sweden that have effective laws to ensure educational inclusion and equality can 'enable' individuals with disability or disadvantage to achieve what they are capable of. There are many lessons to be learned in the UK where the medical school system and higher education do not as yet embrace equality and inclusion and tend to regard disability as a reason to exclude potential students and will not provide equal access nor the accommodations and adjustments that would allow such students to succeed. A wonderfully determined woman who has achieved her dream - this should give encouragement to all and especially anyone who is growing up with a disability.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible courage and determination. 16 Dec 2012
By Linnet
I could not put this book down! It is, in some ways, just like a 'Thriller' - what is going to happen next? Truly, this is a most remarkable read and I would recommend it to anyone. A climb of 'Everest' proportions it certainly was with enormous obstacles at every turn. It is a story in two halves. The first told by Victoria's mother, Diana and the second by Victoria herself. I found myself feeling very sad at the beginning then, increasingly, very angry with the ignorant prejudices of some of the people they met along the way. It has a marvellous ending with a thought provoking Epilogue.
'So Many Everests' is a wonderful book full of courage, endeavour, determination AND love! It should be a 'prescriptive' read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So many Everests 23 May 2013
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A must read a fantastic book and what makes it so much more so is that its real and by the woman herself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read :) 5 Oct 2014
By Kat
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I loved this book! I first downloaded the Kindle sample, read that, then downloaded the full version of the novel. I like the way the novel is divided into 2 parts: the first is written by Diana, Victoria's mum, and the remainder of the book is written by Victoria herself. I know firsthand the challenges cerebral palsy can bring, as I was born with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy as well as hydrocephalus. I am a wheelchair user and have severe eyesight difficulties . I felt like I was traveling with the family and learning more about Sweden and Finland, countries I've never been to myself. I am bilingual in English and Spanish, and so I know the dedication involved in learning a new language. Victoria speaks 3: Swedish, Finnish and English (her native language). It was a pleasure to read about her fight to achieve her dreams and her life experiences.
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The reason so many less able bodied. Fail is not through lack of trying. But because we are or rd-judged as failures before given chances to promote ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 Oct 2013
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Absolutely fantastic. She's a credit to all. An inspiration to everyone. Just shows education is all. Doesn't matter if you are disabled. Get on with it. Just don't give up
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting. 30 Sep 2013
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Well told, inspiring account. It shows that with the right attitude anything can be made possible. A pleasure to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A moving real life story
Every medical student and doctor should read this book, not to mention parents faced with a child with a handicap. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars So Many Everests: from Cerebral Palsy to Casualty Consultant
I could not put this book down! Victoria Webster's magnificent achievements, together with her mother, Diana's, faith in her and sheer determination that her daughter should have... Read more
Published 19 months ago by skew
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Bought this book for my wife as she in very interested in Cerebral Palsy due to knowing some friends who have had their lives changed by it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars So many everests
A very moving and inspirational read. Congratulations to Victoria for her sheer determination to prove the sceptics wrong. I hope you have a long and interesting career.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs Paula M Middleditch
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational.
This book helps one to understand what is going on when one has to deal with a child that had CB and cannot explain it to you, a great book!
Published 20 months ago by Spotondon
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read which held my attention to the end.
A story of real life told in a very authentic way - a real inspiration!

Can't think of anything else.
Published 20 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Two remarkable women
A beautiful story - and beautifully written - about two remarkable women. This book should be an inspiration to all of us. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Glyn W. Banks
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