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Twenty five years ago, author Debbie Jorde recognized that she was learning valuable lessons while raising her two children who have a rare condition, Miller syndrome, which affects only thirty people worldwide. Important lessons and insights were also gained while successfully overcoming her own personal challenges. Realizing that when she died the lessons she had learned would die with her, preventing other people from benefiting, ignited her passion to write her story. "Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges" is her memoir, written to inspire other people and make a positive difference in their lives. In the past she has educated over 2,000 medical students and presented her experience to the Council of Deans of the American Association of medical colleges at their national meeting. She was invited to give a capstone presentation to first year medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She worked with government agencies to help her children achieve independence and gain education. Her daughter, Heather, has a bachelor's degree in psychology and her son, Logan, is self-employed as an artist with an associate's degree in graphic design. While overcoming her challenges Debbie developed a successful business as a self-employed hairstylist, owns her own salon, teaches aerobics, and models. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking and skiing in SLC, Utah where she lives with her husband, Dr Lynn Jorde. "Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges" is her first book.