Couples' Story of Cancer, Hope, and
Every life has its mountains to climb. Read on and find the
inspiration to reach your summit.
—Bernie Siegel, author of LOVE, MEDICINE, & MIRACLES
Crossing Divides is a story of determination and love. Take
a trip along the Continental Divide and at the same time through the wilderness
of cancer treatment. It's the tale of a spirited woman struck down with a
life-threatening disease, and her sure-footed climb back to good health. The
human spirit rides again!
This book proves that focusing on each
day, and just putting
one foot in front of the other, CAN get you to your goal. It's a ray of
sunshine and a boost of hope for us all.
—Walkin’ Jim Stoltz, Nationally renowned folk singer
Scott Bischke has given us a celebration of wild places where
the strenuous effort of the long-distance hiker is rewarded with peace and
beauty. In the same package, he reminds us that the condition of human life can
be precarious. His description of Montana's Continental Divide wilderness is
graceful. His account of helping his partner Kate Gibson fight cancer is terrifying.
Crossing Divides is about the challenges
we choose and those forced upon us.
Read it for a reminder that our health, like our wild lands, is fragile and
endangered, and that we keep both only with determination. If you have known
anyone who has fought for survival against strong odds, you will appreciate
this guide for patients and their friends. If you hope for a walk in the wilderness
anywhere, walk first with Scott and Kate to learn about endurance.
—Ross Rodgers, President, Montana Wilderness Association
Thank you so much for giving me with the opportunity to read
a pre-press copy of your fine book, Crossing Divides. “[I read] it without
pause. I couldn't help it; it drew me in and held me. I cried, I laughed, and I
delighted in travelling known and unknown trails with [Scott] and Kate through
our beloved Montana. But [the] maps, observations and adventures paint the
glorious and complex panorama of Montana's high country whether or not the
landscapes are familiar. It truly was a gift.
Crossing Divides is a must-read for anyone
facing a critical
physical or emotional challenge, especially cancer. Even sitting here presently
healthy and happy, [the] story has better prepared me to face even devastating
future challenges. Your and Kate's generous sharing of your peaks and
valleys—as extreme as they were—gives us all cause to celebrate the power of love
I thank [Scott and] Kate for reminding
us to be more
thankful for each breath, each smile and each mile we travel in life.
—Gloria Flora, Former Supervisor of the Lewis and
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests
The challenges of confronting the dangers and frustrations
of the wilderness become a metaphor in this fascinating book for facing the
challenges of a cancer illness.
As Scott and Katie...simultaneously face
the existential issues of cancer and endeavor to deal with the hazards of
walking the Trail, the reader is helped to find his or her own path, and
importantly, to draw hope and strength to not be afraid. Love of life and
love of nature are fused into a remarkable human experience that ensures the
reader will find new meaning in juxtaposition with illness.
—Jimmie C. Holland MD, Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Scott Bischke is a gifted author who inspires us with a
heart-rending story of courage, hope and a determination to live with a capital
L. By overcoming the daunting challenges of life-threatening cancer Kate and
Scott prepared themselves well for the formidable challenge of hiking more than
800 miles along Montana's rugged share of the Continental Divide. Underlying it
all is the power of their unconditional love for each other, and of their deep
love for wilderness, as exemplified by the Great Divide.
With the aid of
Scott's precise, beautifully descriptive prose you'll walk with them along the
serpentine Divide, watching for grizzlies, elusive trails, firey sunsets and
flat tentsites. Their journeys, through cancer and beyond, and on foot from
Canada to Yellowstone, are artfully woven together in a series of compelling analogies.
Defeating cancer may well derive from the power of the human spirit in concert
with the restorative health of Wild Country. Indeed, their intimacy with wild
nature was one of Kate's most powerful therapies in her unrelenting battle
With emotions laid bare, Crossing Divides
is a grand
celebration of life in its fullest expression.
—Bill Cunningham, author of WILD MONTANA and MONTANA’S
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