heart transplant, inspirational story, organ transplant, motivational story, kidney transplant
About the Author:
Antoinette Truglio Martin is a speech therapist and special education teacher by training but is a writer at heart. She is the author of Famous Seaweed Soup, and was a visiting author in schools for several years. She was formerly a regular columnist for Parent Connection (In A Family Way) and Fire Island Tide (Beach Bumming). Personal experience essays and excerpts of her memoir have been published in Bridges (2014), Visible Ink (2015), and The Southampton Review (2016). Martin proudly received her MFA in creative writing and literature from Stony Brook Southampton University (2016). As a stage four breast cancer patient, she does not allow cancer to dictate her life. She lives in her hometown of Sayville with her husband, Matt, and is never far from My Everyone and the beaches she loves.
Antoinette Martin believed herself to be a healthy and sturdy woman―that is, until she received a Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis. Cancer is scary enough for the brave, but for a wimp like Martin, it was downright terrifying. Martin had to swallow waves of nausea at the thought of her body being poisoned, and frequently fainted during blood draws and infusions. To add to her terror, cancer suddenly seemed to be all around her. In the months following her diagnosis, a colleague succumbed to cancer, and five of her friends were also diagnosed.
Though tempted, Martin knew she could not hide in bed for ten months. She had a devoted husband, daughters, and a tribe of friends and relations. Along with work responsibilities, there were graduations, anniversaries, and roller derby bouts to attend, not to mention a house to sell and a summer of beach-bumming to enjoy. In order to harness support without scaring herself or anyone else, she journaled her experiences and began to e-mail the people who loved her―the people she called My Everyone. She kept them informed and reminded all to 'hug everyone you know' at every opportunity. Reading the responses became her calming strategy. Ultimately, with the help of her community, Martin found the courage within herself to face cancer with perseverance and humor.
5.0 out of 5 starsInspirational and funny- a must-read memoir for everyone diagnosed or connected to someone with breast cancer
*****Hug Everyone You Know is a must read for any woman diagnosed with breast cancer. Friends and family should read it as well. It is an honest, inspirational at times humorous account of Antoinette’s journey with her diagnosis that provides insight into her medical treatments and the emotional impact on her “everyone” and herself. Health care professionals in related fields would also benefit from this first-hand account of Antoinette’s experience. I highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsAwesome Book for Anyone!
*****I was intrigued from beginning to end!
Having very little knowledge about breast cancer myself, I was taken through from beginning to end all of the different ways it affected the author throughout the process and reading the voices of loved ones in between the narative directly from their emails. I could feel every emotion.. it was so well written.
No matter who you are, I recommend this book.. it really gives further appreciation of the simple things in life and everyone you know (and you'll want to hug them ;-)
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Would make a great Christmas Gift, for that special person on your list. The time of the year for sharing and caring.
About the Author:
Michelle Deerwester-Dalrymple is a writer and a college writing professor. Graduating from University of California, Riverside with a Master's Degree in English and Literature, she has worked with students of all age levels - from elementary to graduate school - through her college teaching, tutoring, and charter school courses. She started reading when she was 3 years old, writing when she was 4 and published her first poem at age 16. Her interest in logic and rhetoric began when she was 4 years old, and her mother bought her first logic puzzle book. She then read those puzzle books, Encyclopedia Brown books, and Two-Minute Mysteries regularly. Michelle has always been an avid reader on all subjects but has a special love for both horror and romance literature. Her two favorite authors are Stephen King and Diana Gabaldon. She is currently working on other writing curricula texts and several novels of different genres.
To Dance in the Glen
"Conjures up the historical period evocatively and authentically" -- Harlequin "There is much we enjoyed about the novel, especially the rich historical detail" -- Harper
Meg, a poor crofter's daughter, finds her life taking a tumultuous turn when she is sent to the Laird's castle for her own safety. English marauders, accusations of witchcraft, and treason are just the beginning for her.
Meg Lachlan is certain of her place in her clan. When English mercenaries plaguing the Scottish Highlands aim their attacks on Clan MacLeod and Meg herself, the Laird's son takes up the mantle to protect the young woman.
Ewan MacLeod believes that bringing Meg to the castle will guard her against the English attacks, but when he finds his passions for the young lass growing, they begin a love affair that many call into question -- most notably the daughter of a nearby laird who has her sights set on Ewan for herself.
As Meg and Ewan struggle against accusations of witchcraft, the English step up their onslaught, and it seems the clan is beset on all sides, until the discovery of a traitor in their midst threatens to tear down all that Meg and Ewan have worked so hard to build.
With the security of their clan, their families, even themselves at risk, can they rise above all the challenges that stand in the way of their love?
Bonus: This version contains an excerpt of the second in The Glen Highland Romance series -- The Lady of the Glen.
5.0 out of 5 starsAn Intriguing Romance!
*****This romance novel is one that kept my interest all the way through. Taking place way back in the day in
Scotland, the author gives a beautiful visual of the landscape as to where this is all taking place. The characters are relatable, some forceful and very engaging. It is one of the, Can love conquer all even with all the conditions and circumstances in their lives? And there are many to overcome for sure. Great novel to curl up to and enjoy.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book!
*****To Dance in the Glen is a wonderfully written book sticking to the historical highlander times. The book keeps on theme and kept my attention throughout. A definite read! Looking for from more the author.
"From The Heart"
About The Author
"My name is Rick Yeager, I’m a warrior and a survivor. I was born in Helena, Arkansas, a small town on the Delta next to the Mississippi River. I have two adult children, Kelli and Tony, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The doctor scheduled my liver biopsy every six months for two years without accomplishing finding a treatment to help me. Two years later another doctor performed the liver biopsy and diagnosed with stage four cirrhosis of the liver. My only hope of surviving would be a liver transplant. I had an appointment at the transplant center to be listed. Unfortunately I was unable to be listed due to a low meld score. My health continued to decline over the next year. I was diagnosed with Hepatic Encelphalopy which cause toxins to build in my body and caused confusion, memory loss, personality changes and close to being in a coma. A year and a half later I was listed on the transplant list with over 124,00 people on the list. During my journey I had a stroke which left me in a wheelchair for two months and had to learn to walk again. Four days after being released from the hospital I diagnosed with breast cancer and had surgery on both breast. My health continued to decline and was diagnosed with liver cancer two days after Christmas in 2017. I knew without a transplant soon I wasn’t going to survive. My body became very ill, lost weight and muscle mass. I knew in my heart I was dying. On June 8, 2018 God sent a Hero who saved my life. Tommy will always be my Hero and saved my life. During my journey when I was feeling very ill I began writing poems from my heart. Without Organ Donation many lives will not survive. Consider becoming an organ donor and be someone’s hero."
"From the Heart”
Published September 6, 2018
Poetry I have written during my four year battle of cirrhosis of the liver, hepatic encelphalopathy and liver cancer, that with the heartfelt, lifesaving Gift of Life from my Hero, my donor won my battle. I was given the opportunity during my illness to write my Prayers, feelings and emotioins during my long journey. Writing my book was my sanctuary finding peace within expressing how I was feeling while I was dying.
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About the Author: Lisa Zarcone
Wife, Mother of three, grandmother of three, Lisa took all of her past experiences of her personal trauma and abuse and wrote a detailed memoir of her life. She shares her story through the eyes of a child "HERS". This is a special way that she can give back to others, and help to hopefully promote healing. Lisa gained her voice, and by validating her story she healed through the process.
Lisa is the everyday woman with an extraordinary gift for giving and is full of compassion. She has worked with disabled children and adults teaching life skills and writing, and served as a mentor to young women in a locked-down facility. Take the journey today and see how her story unfolds. Her ability to survive, as well as thrive from her silent world of treachery truly is an incredible journey filled with such inspiration, and never-ending hope.
BEING A VOICE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO HAVE THE SAME UNSPOKEN TRUTH!!
I am proud to announce that I am now the Massachusetts National Ambassador for NAASCA (National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse) - Spreading awareness for child safety and mental health Illness/stigmas. Sharing my story to help others heal.
Update: As of June 2018 I am also the Regional Director for Ambassadors/New England Region - NAASCA #metooCSA
"The Unspoken Truth"
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