New Book Chronicles a Niagara Resident’s Challenges and Achievements, and  Extraordinary Work as a Community Activist

Linda Crabtree’s Inspiring Autobiography is Available Now!

Posted January 11th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Linda Crabtree writes inspiring autobiography

(A Brief Foreword Note from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper – Just as we are too often reminded that we have more than our fair share of problem issues and problem people to contend with across this greater Niagara region, it is also important to know that there are also a good number of extraordinary people out there working selflessly to make life in our communities better.

One of those extraordinary people is Linda Crabtree, a St. Catharines/Niagara resident and Order of Canada recipient who has overcome personal obstacles to fulfill goals that have helped enrich the lives of countless others.

For the purpose of full disclosure, I have known Linda Crabtree since I was hired to my first job in journalism almost 40 years ago at the St. Catharines Standard where  she was already working as a key member of the paper’s newsroom.. From the beginning, I could not help but be impressed with her decency as a person and her passion for doing things that benefited the lives of others around her.

So for everyone out there who may be looking for ways to restore your faith in humanity, or even if you are just looking for a reminder that there are good people out there, doing good things for the community, there is Linda Crabtree’s autobiography – CMT and Me – and the following outline and information on how you can get a copy.)

Linda Crabtree grew up in the Niagara, Ontario community of St. Catharines in the early 1940s when the future for a little kid with a disability wasn’t too promising.

Seventy-five years in, her autobiography – CMT and Me – chronicles her forays into education, journalism, running a charity, art, antiques, designing a home, her travels and becoming a member of the Order of Canada.  She also writes candidly about the emotional undercurrents of love, marriage, alcoholism, divorce and great loss as well as her love of dogs.

Through the years, this passionate, entrepreneurial woman has kept plugging away with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a neuromuscular condition that has taken away her ability to walk and now, the use of her hands. If you want to see just how far you can go when your body is shouting stop, this is a good read.

CMT and Me: an intimate 75-year journey of love, loss and refusal to surrender to a disabling disease is available on at 330 pages and more than 200 photographs.

The Kindle and Kobo ebooks have identical text but fewer photos. Linda will also have a few print copies available by the end of January. .

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