Beyond the Bear

Beyond the Bear

How I Learned to Live and Love Again After Being Blinded by A Bear

Book - 2013
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A 25-year-old backcountry wanderer, a man happiest exploring wild places with his dog, Dan Bigley woke up one midsummer morning to a day full of promise. Before it was over, after a stellar day of salmon fishing along Alaska's Kenai and Russian rivers, a grizzly came tearing around a corner in the trail. Dan barely had time for "bear charging" to register before it had him on the ground, altering his life forever. His life was shattered by the mauling that nearly killed him, that left him blind and disfigured.
Publisher: Guilford, CT : Lyons Press, ©2013
ISBN: 9780762784554
Branch Call Number: 362.41092 B485b 2013
Characteristics: 212 p. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McKinney, Debra


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This is a great book and tells of survival after the attack, the will to go on living. People who have never had anything bad happen to them wouldn't really understand the concept. I work with football players who sometimes never had a broken toe, and then when they make pro they get hurt and hurt bad. They have to learn something new from the get go, and they do, sometimes a spinal injury might take them out of the game for life, you never know what live will throw at you? This was a sow grizzly with two cubs, I think some guys threw beer cans at the cubs just before the attack. But this man didn't know that, and was just walking back to the car after fishing all day. He says he could see during the event even without eyes, most people blind who have NDE or OBE can see too. I wonder if something like out of body experience could be taught to the blind so they could see outside of their body? I know it would only be temporary, but it could save their life!

Nov 30, 2015

Great and interesting story. The only part I didn't like was blaming the forest service for not controlling peoples actions, closing the area at nightfall, etc. when Dan (the writer) and everyone else there that day and every day know there are risks and no amount of control can cease all tragedies from happening. There is a known statistic that men between 18 and 30 years of age die more often because they love to take risk and never believe anything will happen to them.


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