One woman's 20 years on the front line

By: Sandy Macken


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Published: Feb/19 (AU/NZ)

Experience the exhilaration and danger of emergency trauma, where a few seconds can mean the difference between life and death, but also the raw beauty, vulnerability and remarkable resilience of the human spirit.We expect our ambos to be superhuman, remaining calm, controlling their emotions and thinking and acting clearly, however, the emotional depth of these stories will reveal a whole other side. Sandy is just like you, only she is at the wheel of an ambulance with life and death in her hands every day. Without shying away from the trauma, she shows the reader just how much a life deeply grounded in love can offer. Sandys unique perspective as paramedic with the Ambulance Service will open your mind, awaken your heart and shine a light in some very dark places.

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ISBN: 9781925682793

Published: Feb/19 (AU/NZ)

Format: B format Paperback

Dimensions: 234 mm  x  153 mm

Extent: 224 pages

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About The Author

Sandy Macken

Sandy Macken


Sandy Macken is a writer, paramedic with the Ambulance Service and spiritual teacher. She has two decades of experience in frontline emergency health, and brings a calm, grounded approach to all she does. Sandy holds degrees in health sciences and education and she is currently studying a master’s qualification in counselling and psychotherapy. She has also been published in the international medical journal, EMS World.

High-spirited yet also deeply pragmatic, Sandy is dedicated to fostering good health on all levels, especially among health and helping professionals. Sandy is an energetic and engaging thinker who unites spirituality and practical living. Her blogs have attracted considerable attention and inspired her to write her first book. She has extensive professional and personal experience with trauma, deep transformation, building resilience and fostering a blazing spirit.  When she is not working, writing or studying, you will find Sandy speaking to groups, teaching meditation or jetting off to India, where her own spiritual teacher lives, to fill up on the healing energy she so readily shares with everyone she meets. Sandy has recently welcomed her first child in early 2018.

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