Book tells harrowing tale

SYCAMORE – Former Sycamore resident Loretta Goebel will sign copies of “A Life in Parts,” a book detailing the true story of her life-changing ordeal, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Shawn’s, 204 Somonauk St. in Sycamore.

On the afternoon of Dec. 11, 2001, a seemingly minor injury in her home led to a serious infection that landed Goebel in the hospital and before long, she was at death’s door. In the end, she survived, but lost both her legs, her left hand and most of the fingers on her right hand.

During her recovery, she became friends with Sir Paul McCartney and his then-wife, Heather Mills, a single-leg amputee. Mills pointed Goebel to a clinic in England where her own prosthetic leg was made. There, Goebel was fitted for new limbs that allowed her to go on with her life and feel pretty and feminine again.

Through all her pain and loss, Goebel never gave up and never lost herself. Her story of courage and the power of the human spirit is told in  “A Life in Parts,” written by Vicki Bennington and Daniel Brannan and published by Stonebrook Publishing of St. Louis.

Mills wrote the foreword to the book, and both McCartney and supermodel Cindy Crawford gave back-cover endorsements.

 “A Life in Parts” may be purchased at the event. For more information, visit

Book signing

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27

Shawn’s, 204 Somonauk St., Sycamore

Loretta Goebel will sign copies of the book telling the story of the illness that took her limbs and how she went on with her life after her harrowing experience.

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