Share a Mother’s Inspiring Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Resilience

Share Her Journey to Help One of Her Children With Her Diagnosis and Keep the Rest of The Family Together Through Her Virtual Blog Tour

Susan Avitzour’s daughter received a devastating diagnosis from her doctor at a young age. Obviously this flipped the lives of the entire family upside down. Many people discover how therapeutic writing and journaling can be – that is one of the things Avitzour did to handle her daughter’s illness and the changed in her family. Those journals recounted the journey her family was on and those journals have now been released as her new book And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones.  

About And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones

In 2001, Susan Avitzour lost her eighteen-year-old daughter Timora to leukemia, after a six-year struggle.  In her memoir, And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones, she grapples with many of the profound personal, philosophical, and spiritual questions with which bereaved parents struggle for years – if not for the rest of their lives.  Using narrative, poetry, and a journal, she draws us deeply into her family’s world during the “long, wrong years” of her daughter’s illness, and into her own emotional, intellectual, and spiritual journey in their aftermath.  She addresses topics that range from food to fun to forgiveness, from pain to purpose to prayer – and ultimately to the challenge of affirming faith and love in an unpredictable, and often cruel, universe. In doing so, she has created a book that will offer invaluable assistance and support not only to bereaved families, but to anyone faced with life’s inevitable challenges and trials.

About Susan Avitzour

Susan Avitzour and her husband Daniel raised seven children.  Her fourth daughter, Timora, was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 12. The family spent the next six years struggling to maintain a normal life while she underwent extensive treatment, including two bone marrow transplants.  She died in 2001, at the age of eighteen. Susan Avitzour finished a degree in law at the University of California, Berkeley, shortly before moving to Jerusalem with her family. She left the field of law in 1998, to work as a mediator, grant-writer, and translator. She returned to school in 2005 for a Masters degree in clinical social work. She now works as a cognitive-behavioral therapist both at Hadassah Hospital and privately, helping people who suffer from depression, anxiety, and trauma.

To learn more about Susan Avitzour, author of And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones, we invite you to visit her site – For the full virtual tour schedule, visit

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