The Book

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.’ 

In July 2015, I  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.

From the Introduction

‘Oh hello!’ said a bright-eyed nurse, gazing at me from the other end of the bed with surprise. ‘I wondered what had happened to you!’ I had wondered too. I had no idea who this nurse was, even once she had filled me in on our time together two weeks earlier. As she surmised, I had disappeared – both physically and mentally. And it was a long, long time before I came back again…

This journey has been one of self-discovery and pain, of having the courage to stick to what you feel is right and to follow it through, even in the most alarming and adverse circumstances, and without losing the essence of who you are or what you believe in.

But this is also a story of love, loyalty, perseverance and hope, and of rediscovering and tasting the fragility of life and being grateful for the opportunity to heal again and become a part of its joy. It is a call to live life to your fullest, and to breathe and taste every moment as if it could very possibly be your last.

A Measure of Light has been endorsed by the UK Sepsis Trust and the Global Sepsis Alliance, and featured on theirs and other health-based websites. A Measure of Light  is available to buy  on for a discounted rate of £4.99. For any information or queries, please contact Kirsten.

Kirsten Lavine is a Canadian, UK-based writer, teacher and oral historian. She has written or worked on 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.