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5.25” x 8″
94 pages

Softbound: $14.95
ISBN 978-1-63381-172-0

Hardcover: $30.95
ISBN 978-1-63381-173-7


by Christopher G. Lockwood

In a split second, a man’s life, and that of his family, was turned upside down. This book begins in a recovery room at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1989 and takes the reader through a medical odyssey, along with intimate insights into the painful upheaval experienced by the family. The author shares the incredibly wise counsel offered by a rehab doctor and the support that has enabled him to regain a level of activity he thought would not have been possible during the thirty years since “the accident.” It’s an inspiring story with simple, practical advice

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“Chris Lockwood has written a compelling and insightful account of his horrific accident and the inevitable physical and emotional ups and downs of a lengthy recovery. As a friend of Chris’s and Governor of Maine at the time, I recall many of the scenes he describes in his book, but only those who have endured rehabilitation from serious injuries or illnesses can identify with the mental toll such a recovery can have on both the patient and a spouse and family. All who are experiencing similar challenges will find hope and perspective in reading Why the Cane? as they follow Chris’s courageous journey to what he describes as regaining ‘a level of activity he thought would not be possible after a traumatic accident.’”

—The Honorable John R. “Jock” McKernan Jr.

Governor, State of Maine, 1987–1995


Christopher Lockwood was Executive Director of the Maine Municipal Association from 1979 to 2015. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington. He served three years as an officer in the US Navy. He is the author of The Tennis Ball Trees and Why the Cane? and lives in Hallowell, Maine.


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