Gone

A Memoir of Love, Body, and Taking Back My Life

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Pub Date 27 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 20 Oct 2020

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Linda Olson and her husband, Dave Hodgens, were young doctors whose story had all the makings of a fairy tale. But then, while they were vacationing in Germany, a train hit their van, shattering their lives—and Linda’s body. When Linda saw Dave for the first time after losing her right arm and both of her legs, she told him she would understand if he left. His response: “I didn’t marry your arms or your legs. If you can do it, I can do it.”

In order to protect their loved ones, they decided to hide the truth about what really happened on those train tracks, and they kept their secret for thirty-five years. As a triple amputee, Linda learned to walk with prostheses and change diapers and insert IVs with one hand. She finished her residency while pregnant and living on her own. And she and Dave went on to pursue their dream careers, raise two children, and travel the world.

Inspiring and deeply moving, Gone asks readers to find not only courage but also laughter in the unexpected challenges we all face. The day of the accident, no one envied Linda and Dave. Today, many do.

Linda Olson and her husband, Dave Hodgens, were young doctors whose story had all the makings of a fairy tale. But then, while they were vacationing in Germany, a train hit their van, shattering...


Advance Praise

“A heartrending, heroic memoir of resilience and love that reminds us all how precious life is and how important it is to fight for it.”

―Drs. Thomas Patterson and Steffanie Strathdee, coauthors of The Perfect Predator: A Scientist’s Race to Save her Husband from a Deadly Superbug


“An unbelievable journey from hell back to some degree of normal living. A must-read for anybody recovering from traumatic injury.”

―US Senator Max Cleland (Ret.)


“This book will make you question your assumptions about what it means to be handicapped. It is a beautifully written exemplar of resilience. Linda Olson and her family show us how a family surmounted incredible adversity with bravery, honesty, and humor.”

―Joel E. Dimsdale, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus University of California, San Diego


“This is an incredible story of survival following an horrific accident. It is first and foremost the story of Linda’s personal journey of courage and resiliency . . . You will read this with awe and wonder.”

―Frederic G. Sanford, MD, Rear Admiral, Medical Corps US Navy (Ret.)

“A heartrending, heroic memoir of resilience and love that reminds us all how precious life is and how important it is to fight for it.”

―Drs. Thomas Patterson and Steffanie Strathdee, coauthors of...


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