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Radene Marie Cook is a native of southern California, where she currently lives with her husband Doug, her mother and always akitas.
Before an aircraft accident in 2000, Radene was an award-winning airborne news and traffic reporter in Los Angeles. Before that, her career included 16 years in radio as an on-air personality, a working stage actress, singer and dancer.
Radene has an American Indian heritage (Cherokee, Choctaw and Maya) and from a young age gained an interest in storytelling, traditional arts, crafts and jewelry making. For a time she also taught a small community class on the Cherokee (Tsalagi) language. Together with Doug and a martial arts expert, they opened a multi discipline self defense studio where she studied and could eventually coach other women.
The plane collision in 2000 changed life dramatically. A strong sense of humor, her simple spirituality and the great love and support from her family and friends carried her through the devastation of her physical condition. The key to Radene’s recovery came in 2005 when a specialist in intractable pain gave her a pain management regimen that was appropriate for her condition. In a few years of having proper treatment, she could –from home – run her own business “Aniwaya Artistry” which includes the multi-media art she creates and calls “Storytelling on canvas” as each piece has a narrative.
on Sep. 09, 2013 :
Sissy Radene, It took me since July to finally be able to open up and read your book, I laughed I cried, knowing you and feeling each word, I'm so so Proud of you my American Injun Sissy, recently I have been down , but not out never, Im finally back in the land of the living as we Irish say and Im back with a vengeance, I am doing what I can to share the word Im still hopeless when it comes to hash tags and I cant seem to get the hang if it to share any information as you so eloquently write, I plod along lol sometimes I don't even know how I managed to share an article on Chronic Pain or Archnoiditis Not to mention Tarlov cysts another Rare disease that causes chronic Pain with Patients world wide being Told they are Asymptomatic, Duh!! but I am going to do my best to share this book where ever I can , Im so so Proud of you Girl You deserve 10 stars , but sadly this will only let me give you 5 , I can't wait for the Novel get writing Girl, xx soft hugs xx
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 29, 2013 :
I LOVE "The Heart Tree!" Wow--wonderful universal message about seeing the world as a beautiful, hope-filled place. But for people who live with chronic illness / chronic pain as I do, it's more than that. This story is powerfully uplifting. It left me inspired to keep my outlook in check--to remember to look for the good in my life rather than the bad.
The author Ms. Cook has done a great service by sharing her story! To go through all she has and to rise above it, ultimately finding peace? Truly miraculous. What could be a devastating story about loss, how a single moment turned her whole world upside down, it is the exact opposite! This beneficial story focuses on the moment, that one instant, when she chose to *LIVE* !
Great story, sure to bring much-needed peace those that read it. Well worth the price... I wholeHEARTedly give it 5 stars!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on July 28, 2013 :
I loved this story. It made me cry, and laugh. It is very relate-able for all of us who have hit bottom. I recommend everyone read this truly human story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)