Editor’s Note

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WE ARE ALL IN­SPIRED BY PEO­PLE who face up to and deal un­flinch­ingly with tragedy. In So­phie van der Stap’s “Re­mem­ber­ing Chan­tal,” So­phie writes mov­ingly of her friend Chan­tal, a young woman with ter­mi­nal can­cer who faced her fear with courage and hu­mor.

Also in this is­sue, read about two flight at­ten­dants who thwarted a hi­jacker’s plot in “Get the Gun!” In “I Sur­vived!” we present the amaz­ing sto­ries of five in­di­vid­u­als who found them­selves in dan­ger­ous and ter­ri­fy­ing sit­u­a­tions and lived to tell about it.

How Doc­tors Are Mend­ing Bro­ken Hearts” is about sur­vival of an­other kind—from Europe’s No. 1 killer, heart dis­ease. Learn how rapid and ef­fec­tive treat­ment at spe­cial­ist car­di­ol­ogy cen­ters, along with health­ier di­ets and life­style changes, are sav­ing lives and im­prov­ing qual­ity of life for heart pa­tients.

We can’t let October pass with­out a nod to Halloween! In “Trav­el­ing in Drac­ula Coun­try,” Luke Spencer fol­lows in the foot­steps of young Jonathan Harker, the hero of Bram Stoker’s gothic hor­ror mas­ter­piece, Drac­ula, as he makes his way across Europe to Count Drac­ula’s cas­tle in Tran­syl­va­nia.

There’s more, such as a gru­el­ing desert rally in Morocco just for women, and a French arche­ol­o­gist who uses tech­nol­ogy to pre­serve the her­itage of an­cient cul­tures at risk in re­mote cor­ners of the world.

Happy read­ing!

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