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Lene Fogelberg

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Lene Fogelberg is a Swedish global citizen, a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author and a double open-heart surgery survivor.

Growing up in a small town on the Swedish West Coast, Lene Fogelberg developed a love of poetry and reading, nurtured by the rural surroundings of her childhood. Always curious, Fogelberg has embraced opportunities to study and live abroad, in France, Germany, the USA, Indonesia and Malaysia. Shortly after moving to the US it was discovered, by luck of circumstances, that she was in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. Within weeks she underwent two life-saving open-heart surgeries and began the long battle of recovery. Now she is well and grateful for every day with her husband and
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Lene Fogelberg Hi Patti!
Thanks for asking! I chose Beautiful Affliction as title because when I thought back on all those years of affliction, what really struck me…more
Hi Patti!
Thanks for asking! I chose Beautiful Affliction as title because when I thought back on all those years of affliction, what really struck me was the beauty, the miracle and the clarity of those years. Only the important things remained, and the unimportant seemed to melt away. So all the pain, disappointment, and sadness found their way into a beautiful pattern that eventually became my story.(less)
Lene Fogelberg Hi Jen!

Thank you for your question! I have been asked this a lot, and I am happy to answer.

I actually did write Beautiful Affliction in Swedish…more
Hi Jen!

Thank you for your question! I have been asked this a lot, and I am happy to answer.

I actually did write Beautiful Affliction in Swedish first, but I didn’t feel like I had managed to fully capture the story the way I wanted it, and it dawned on me that I needed to tell it in English. Most of the story takes place in the US, so it made sense to tell it in English, but it took me a while to reach the point where I dared to write in my second language. At first, I tried to translate my Swedish manuscript line by line, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that I needed to do a re-write in English. I enjoyed working in the English language, which I love, and have continued to write in this beautiful language.

Wishing you a lovely day, and I hope this answered your question,

Love,

Lene(less)
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description I recognized the way he was looking at me, his eyes slightly narrowed. And then came the familiar words: “There is nothing wrong with you.” The doctor, like the others I had seen in my home country Sweden, deemed me a hypochondriac, lazy. I was in my late 20s, I had two beautiful young daughters, a wonderful husband, and still I carried a worry in my heart that never lifted ― the feeling that... Read more of this blog post »
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“Dancing is like poetry written by our bodies: our outstretched arms our words of longing.”
Lene Fogelberg, Beautiful Affliction

“In strength the body only knows itself, is full of itself, its movements, its words, but in weakness is the invisible and the whisperings.”
Lene Fogelberg, Beautiful Affliction

“She is one of these women who always carries a home with her, wherever she is.”
Lene Fogelberg, Beautiful Affliction

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