Self-Publishing Book Spotlight: A Life of Courage and Love by Mark S. Foster

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In her latest book, self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Mark S. Foster, tells the remarkable story of a woman who agreed to be an “experiment” as an early kidney transplant recipient and went on to become the world’s longest living diabetic kidney transplant survivor, all the while working tirelessly to provide hope to other kidney transplant patients and to the blind.

Marcia Lortscher’s early years showed no signs of the exceptional life she was eventually destined to live. She was born and raised in a comfortable, conservative middle class Catholic family in Denver and she finished college before the 1970’s feminist revolution. She then explored several different career paths before marrying in her late twenties.

Then fate intervened. Marcia had been diagnosed a diabetic at age ten, but just after she married, her kidneys failed. She had been looking forward to settling comfortably into a conventional housewife’s role, but instead doctors suddenly began measuring her life expectancy in weeks. So serious was her condition that her doctors initially demurred at performing a kidney transplant.

She was finally accepted for the operation as an “experiment” and she ultimately became the longest living diabetic kidney transplant patient, surviving for thirty-six years.

Marcia experienced an endless array of harrowing medical problems and she went blind in her early forties, but she devoted her life to serving others through volunteerism. She and her husband had no biological children of their own, but they became surrogate parents to well over a hundred young people whom they called their “kids.” Marcia’s continuing work on behalf of other social service groups eventually brought her widespread recognition as one of the nation’s most valued volunteers.

Although this exceptional woman was uncomfortable with being singled out for praise and disliked being called an “inspiration,” readers of A Life of Courage and Love may decide that that label is, in fact, totally appropriate.


Mark S. Foster is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Colorado at Denver, where he taught for 33 years. He was named both teacher of the year and researcher of the year and has published eleven books previously, including works on urban transportation, city planning and the automobile culture in the United States; five biographies, including Henry J. Kaiser, Carl G. Fisher and Quigg Newton; and works on the history of baseball.

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