Friday, November 2, 2007
When she was suddenly assaulted by myriad baffling symptoms of joint pain and extreme fatigue, Marilyn Celeste Morris embarked on an intensive three-year, five- doctor search for diagnosis and treatment of what would be diagnosed as systemic lupus erythematosus, a little-known autoimmune disease that promised to destroy her body, her mind and her spirit. From the pages of her intimate daily journal came a book, Diagnosis: Lupus: The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient (PublishAmerica ISBN# 1-4137-6789-3). While journaling daily, Marilyn writes of her chronic pain, frustration, anger and grief of her former self to her current state of remission.
“Far from being a litany of complaints, these pages reveal not only what this disease did to me, but also what this disease did for me: an unexpected spiritual growth and gratitude for life itself.
“I hope this book will lead those who suffer from this chronic disease and other diseases to a better understanding of themselves and acceptance of their conditions,” she says.
In this book, she reveals:
* her struggles with anger and depression and their direct correlation to dealing with an alphabet soup of social service agencies;
* her loss of self-esteem and its direct correlation to weight gain;
* her frustration with insurance companies, physicians and employers;
* her daily struggle to simply get out of bed and go to work, in many places where employers and coworkers didn’t understand her disease;
* and, ultimately, a spiritual crisis, which taught her important life lessons.
This book can reassure readers that their pain, confusion, anger and depression are typical for lupus patients, and encourage them to keep moving forward toward definitive diagnosis, treatment, and eventual remission.
Ms. Morris is the co-facilitator of the Fort Worth Lupus Support Group, North Texas Chapter, Lupus Foundation of America and is also the author of two other books, Sabbath’s Room, a supernatural novel; and Once a Brat, detailing her life with her army officer father all over the world directly after WWII until his (their) retirement in 1958.
To book her as a speaker or for further information, email her at email@example.com. The book is available at http://www.PublishAmerica.com, Amazon.com and other online bookstores, or your local bookstore may order for you.
Half the proceeds will be donated to The Lupus Foundation of America for research and education.