Back to All Events

Author Talk: Struggling with Serendipity with Cindy Kolbe

Struggling with Serendipity tells the true story of a mom's crisis, a daughter's paralysis, and extraordinary travels that carried them from a small town in Ohio to Seattle, Harvard, Capitol Hill, and around the world.
After an accident, a heartsick mom battles depression and guilt while a shy but determined teenager fights the harsh physical challenges of quadriplegia. Fourteen-year-old Beth believes everything will be okay. Cindy feels sure that nothing will ever be okay again. 
Struggling with Serendipity explores the power of hope while navigating unknown waters of disability. Cindy comes to terms with her altered identity and mental health. Beth sets impossible goals as she tries to swim with legs that don't work and hands that can't cup the water.
Together, they find a new normal with serendipity in the most unlikely of moments. Waves of adventure follow, including Beth’s invitation to join the Harvard Women's Swimming and Diving Team, the first member with a visible disability. 
Struggling with Serendipity takes us on an incredible journey to the end of an era that leaves Cindy and Beth transformed. Everything really is okay. And if you never give up? Hope wins.

Earlier Event: April 13
Recovery Cafe