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The Accident by Gayle Fein Petrillo

The Accident

by Gayle Fein Petrillo

58 pages
A toddler’s life is changed by physical and emotional scars after an accident. Gayle shares the obstacles she faced and overcame and hopes others learn from and are comforted by her extraordinary path to personal and professional success.

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About the Book
The Accident captures the sweet, playful and giggly personality of Gayle as a near 3 year old. She’s off with her mom to a grown-up tea party. Her life is suddenly changed by the physical and emotional scars left after a terrible accident.

Gayle becomes fearful of everyone and many things following her accident. She shares her compelling story of the challenges she faced with great courage. And, as a now confident woman, she wants others going through a trauma to learn and be comforted by her own extraordinary path to personal and professional success and to know they are not alone.

The Accident was created at the urging of a friend whose daughter was born with a blood cancer. They wrote a book - Pokes, Pinches and Loose Wires - to support parents, teachers, clinical staff and childhood patients. Kathy Bell, Founder of John P Bell Family Foundation, heard me speak very briefly about my accident at a fundraising event and encouraged me to write a book about it. What was interesting to me, until that moment, I had never told my story, and later heard from members of the audience how it touched their hearts.


"Your message is a strong one that kids of all ages need to hear. Readers love a personal connection to their lives. This book could be used in therapy sessions, school settings by nurses and social workers. Teachers could use to build materials for a theme based unit."
- Betsy Reutemann, Teacher
“It’s an important story to tell and intriguing from the start as told in a flashback. It’s a compelling story with subject matter perfect for older kids; i.e. embarrassment, lack of trust, etc. And its imagery peaked my interest immediately when ‘I could smell the warm cookies!'”
- Marge Pellegrino, author of Neon Words


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  • El accidente by Gayle Fein Petrillo
    El accidente captura la historia de Gayle, una niña juguetona de casi tres años, cuando su vida cambia inesperadamente después de un terrible accidente y cómo superó las cicatrices físicas y emocionales que resultaron.


About the Author
Gayle Fein Petrillo Born and raised in Albany, New York, Gayle calls Tucson, Arizona home. She is married to her best friend and husband, Al.

Throughout her life, Gayle turned obstacles into opportunities. She shares her story of building self-confidence so everyone who has scars, physical or emotional, can push past them and persevere.



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