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    Katrin Den Elzen: Locked In - Daring to Break Free

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    At 39, Katrin Den Elzen has a charmed life: she has a happy marriage, two joyful children, two university degrees, and lives in her dream city, Perth, Australia. Her world shatters overnight when her husband Mark suddenly becomes locked into his body, fully paralysed and unable to speak. In this courageous, compassionate, and unflinching memoir, Katrin recounts her battle for Mark's survival within the confines of a rigid hospital system that sees only a brain cyst and not a human being. When widowhood falls into her unwilling lap, she embarks on a quest to heal her trauma so that her two children can grow up happy, not defined by their loss. Katrin's inner struggle unfolds as she comes to terms not only with his death, but with multiple injustices within medical and legal institutions, from the realization of Mark's misdiagnosis to a medical negligence trial, and her struggle to emerge from these experiences without bitterness. Katrin's journey of recovery evolves through love for her children, friendship, and a deep search for meaning. She becomes a spokesperson for palliative care, and immerses herself in postgraduate studies, discovering bereavement and trauma literature, neuroscientific insights, and the healing power of writing.

    Locked In - Daring to Break Free is an exquisitely expressed, inspiring portrait of love, loss and finding peace in the face of profound suffering. This is a story of resilience, recovery and remaking.

    Join Katrin for this free book launch, where she discusses the book and takes questions from the audience. You can also purchase copies of the book, have Katrin sign them and enjoy a complimentary coffee or tea and biscuit.


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