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Look, Ma! No Hands!​

Life's Lessons Learned The Hard Way

Now available as an audiobook via Amazon or Audible

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Life Happens. There are always lessons to learn, ways to contribute, and reasons to celebrate.

What would you do if a bicycle accident left you unable to use your hands and arms for six months?


What would you do if you were getting ready to move and begin a new job when that happened?


If you’re Doe Hentschel, you learn lessons such as:

  • Ask Questions

  • Ask for help

  • Celebrate what you can do

  • Consider that the problem might be you

  • Eat the ice cream before it melts

  • If you think you’re okay, you just might be

And if, like Doe, you encounter other challenges as your life unfolds, you may find that those life lessons come in handy! 

"This book is dedicated to my angels who give me opportunities to learn and grow, and to my butterflies who tell me I am ready. This book would not exist without them in my life."

The Book

Look, Ma! No Hands! Life’s Lessons Learned the Hard Way is a gift from Doe Hentschel, Ph.D. – a trailblazing adult educator and lifelong learner, leadership mentor and role model for living with purpose and passion at every age. From her own life-altering experiences, Doe draws profound lessons that capture her philosophy of life and leadership that will inspire all readers facing challenges of their own.

Published on her 80th birthday, Look, Ma! No Hands! Life’s Lessons Learned the Hard Way is Doe Hentschel’s first book. It is also a family affair. Supported with insights from Doe’s daughter Karin Davis, it includes original illustrations by Doe’s granddaughter, Courtney Davis, a student at Eastern Connecticut State University majoring in early childhood education and sociology.

Now available as an audiobook via Amazon or Audible

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The Author

“Doe is more than a grandmother; she is a wise mentor, coach, and friend. Anyone can go to her and ask anything, and she will know how to support them. Doe wanted whimsical pictures to complement her story. She wasn’t finding the kinds of drawings that captured her message in a light-hearted way. I have always loved to draw, and Doe asked me to develop sketches for different passages in the book. After reading each passage, I created an illustration that could bring it to life.” 

– Courtney Davis, Doe’s granddaughter

“Mom is the problem solver everyone wants to have in their corner. Here’s just one example: When I was in college, she helped me navigate a mysterious ailment and helped me persist with doctors to finally get a diagnosis. She taught me to not wallow in self-pity. As a result, I leveraged my experience to help others, switching my major to public health and nutrition.” 

– Karin Davis, Doe’s daughter

Watch Doe’s interview with WTNH-TV News 8 Anchor Ann Nyberg
See What Our Readers Have to Say

“Rarely in our lives do we meet someone whom we recognize immediately to be a beacon of light, love, and hope. When I met Doe, I knew she was such a one. This book is a dose of her optimism, strength of character, wisdom, and that almost whimsical resilience that makes her simply indefatigable!”

– J. Antonelle de Marcaida, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology Medical Director,

Hartford Healthcare’s Chase Family Movement Disorders Center

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