‘Twenty of these routine procedures are performed a week, all without incident. I, on the other hand, disappeared – both physically and mentally. And it was a long, long time before I came back again.’ –From A Measure of Light
In July 2015, Kirsten Lavine entered hospital to undergo a diagnostic hysteroscopy. Instead of recovering normally from the routine day surgery, she developed severe sepsis and nearly died. This heartfelt account, written with tenderness, insight and even moments of humour, detailing her resolute journey on the road back to wellness.
A Measure of Light is in part a call to raise awareness about the life-threatening potential of sepsis, while championing the importance of taking charge of one’s recovery and following the path of healing that is right for you. It is intended both to educate and to provide support for others who have had similar experiences, and to inspire people to live life to their fullest potential.
A Measure of Light has been endorsed by the UK Sepsis Trust and the Global Sepsis Alliance, and featured on their websites, as well as others, such as the Confederation of Meningitis Organisations. A Measure of Light was launched on World Sepsis Day on 13 September at the Royal United Hospitals, Bath, UK, and is available to buy directly from the website (through Paypal) and on Amazon.co.uk for £8.99. Kirsten is also planning to deliver a number of presentations to share her experiences. To buy a book, request a talk or for any other information or queries, please contact Kirsten.
Kirsten Lavine is a UK-based writer, teacher and oral historian. She has written or been involved with various oral history publications, including: Bear in Mind: Stories of the Troubles, Yarn Spinning, Twin Spire Life, From Baltic Sea to Baltic Wharf and Hineni: Life Portraits from a Jewish Community. This is her first true-life account of her own experiences.