Linda D. Crabtree
Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Linda has studied art and psychology and worked as a self-motivated journalist/publisher for many years. In 1984 she founded CMT International and for the next 18 years ran the charity with her husband, Ron Book. CMT International worked with families worldwide coping with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a progressively debilitating neuromuscular disorder that Linda was born with. During those years she was recognized as an advocate and a leader both in the field of CMT and disability issues. In writing her autobiography, Linda clearly and honestly describes the emotional intricacies that can befall any woman encountering the challenges of everyday life but, in particular, those faced when coping with the loss of dignity and independence. The recipient of 28 awards, medals and honours, Linda is proud to be a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and a regular in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women for the last 20 years.
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