Chris Spielman, an Ohio State football legend and a four-time NFL Pro Bowl linebacker, didn't tackle his toughest opponent until his playing career was almost over.
In 1998, Spielman's wife, Stefanie, was diagnosed with breast cancer, launching an eleven-year journey that brought joy and suffering to the Spielmans and hope and inspiration to thousands of others.
In That's Why I'm Here, Spielman traces his storied career, recalls his courtship with Stephanie, cherishes the growth of their four children, and invokes the deep, spiritual faith that gave their family wisdom and comfort in times of struggle.
Though Stefanie passed away on November 19, 2009, her memory and inspiration live on. With laughter and tears, joy and heartbreak, That's Why I'm Here will show you the healing power of:
- What it truly means to love your spouse in sickness and in health
- The importance of honoring the caregivers in our communities
- Facing the unknown with grace, strength, and hope
Praise for That's Why I'm Here:
"Consider this book a guide for selfless giving. Many aspire to live in such fashion, but few demonstrate it so openly and naturally in day-to-day living as Chris and Stefanie did . . . Knowing Stefanie and Chris has enriched my life. For me, just to be in their presence and to see how they conducted themselves gives me hope and inspiration whenever I encounter the adversity and uncertainty of life and come face-to-face with my own demons."
--Charles L. Shapiro, MD, Mount Sinai