Ask Me Why I Hurt

Ask Me Why I Hurt

The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them

Book - 2011
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The unforgettable inspiring memoir of one extraordinary doctor who is saving lives in a most unconventional way Ask Me Why I Hurt is the touching and revealing first-person account of the remarkable work of Dr. Randy Christensen. Trained as a pediatrician, he works not in a typical hospital setting but, rather, in a 38-foot Winnebago that has been refitted as a doctor's office on wheels. His patients are the city's homeless adolescents and children.

In the shadow of one affluent American city, Dr. Christensen has dedicated his life to caring for society's throwaway kids--the often-abused, unloved children who live on the streets without access to proper health care, all the while fending off constant threats from thugs, gangs, pimps, and other predators. With the Winnebago as his moveable medical center, Christensen and his team travel around the outskirts of Phoenix, attending to the children and teens who need him most.

With tenderness and humor, Dr. Christensen chronicles everything from the struggles of the van's early beginnings, to the support system it became for the kids, and the ultimate recognition it has achieved over the years. Along with his immense professional challenges, he also describes the trials and joys he faces while raising a growing family with his wife Amy. By turns poignant, heartbreaking, and charming, Dr. Christensen's story is a gripping and rich memoir of his work and family, one of those rare books that stays with you long after you've turned the last page.
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307718990
Branch Call Number: 362.7 CHR 2011 22
Characteristics: ix, 270 p
Additional Contributors: Denfeld, Rene

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AL_LINDA Aug 29, 2016

A great book about a persistent doctor with a heart of gold! The stories of his homeless patients are difficult to believe but hard to forget!!

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gvlee
Aug 09, 2014

After reading this book, which is good, you must read Rene Denfeld's book The Enchanted, which is even better. She ghost wrote Ask Me Why I Hurt. In the Enchanted, she fictionalises what happens to these types of kids when the system fails them and they grow into troubled adults.

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ayidax
May 02, 2014

A very inspiring book, and the writer's dedication and passion shines through. It was reassuring to know that some of the youth overcame the horrendous abuse and neglect they went through, and were able to succeed.

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JudithE
Jan 25, 2014

Fabulous, touching, inspiring book. I couldn't put it down either!

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beachcat2
Jan 06, 2012

I highly recommend this book & I admire the author for his work! He has been helping homeless teens in Arizona with medical care, for over 10 years, - out of a mobile health clinic. You will be amazed and saddened at what these young people have to deal with- like cockroaches in their ears! He also volunteered to help after Hurricane Katrina.

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lawfield
Jun 11, 2011

Great book .... I couldn't put it down.

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