Dr. George Lister was the director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Yale New Haven’s Children’s Hospital during Alicia’s stay there. We met for the first time on the night of February 15th 2002. As you read To Dance in the Rain you will feel some of the pain and sadness that we experienced on that night. My family and I felt as though our world was crumbling around us, but we were not alone. We were fortunate to have a lot of support, not only from family and friends but also through the care and thoughtfulness of the staff at Yale NH Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lister was the PICU attending physician on that night. He provided extraordinary comfort to us through his thoughtfulness, professionalism, compassion and medical expertise. We felt as though we were in the best of hands at all times, being cared for by Dr. Lister and his entire PICU staff.
I am thrilled that Dr. Lister has written the Foreword for To Dance in the Rain. These are a few sections to give you an inside glimpse ….
“I was initially sent a copy of the manuscript To Dance in the Rain as a courtesy when the author, Clare Keating, asked permission to include my name. I was delighted to receive this book because I had an unremitting desire to learn what has happened in the life of Clare’s daughter, Alicia, for whom I helped provide medical care just before I left Yale ten years ago. I never had the pleasure of meeting Alicia when she was a vibrant teenager before the tragic and heroic events described here. As I read, I rapidly recognized the power of this heartwarming, gripping and dramatic odyssey that portrayed Alicia’s precipitous deterioration after surgery and her gradual and arduous ascent towards recovery. This epic, which recounts the patience and determination emblematic of the immutable bond between mother and daughter, would keep anyone firmly riveted to the book. That alone would have been enough to make this story captivating and compelling. But, this is also a text richly embedded with layers of important messages for the countless families who have faced life-threatening illnesses and injuries in their children and for the community of individuals assembled to provide medical care for these patients. To be sure, the reflections provided here are highly relevant to all of us because we will inevitably confront the loss or near loss of a loved one”……..
“Indeed, as Clare articulates throughout the book and reinforces so clearly in the Epilogue, that life has been forever transformed by the events Alicia and her family faced, but every bit as much by the community that surrounded them and brought “untold amounts of joy, comfort and happiness.”……..
“In short, this is a story of one courageous and indefatigable young lady and her equally intrepid mother and family. This heroic chronicle is rich with refreshing insights that will resonate not only with those who have had a critically ill child but with all who confront catastrophic or seemingly insurmountable afflictions. The inspirational messages conveyed here should be stored for safe keeping as a source of courage when one does face tragedy and life’s other formidable challenges.”
George Lister MD is the Chair, Department of Pediatrics,
Jean McLean Wallace Professor of Pediatrics,
Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology – Yale School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital