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Allison Greene to Discuss New Book at Book Talk and Signing at Fiction Addiction
John was always healthy. Then at age twenty-six a rare autoimmune disease struck out of nowhere. "Idiopathic," doctors said of the phenomenon that tried to take his life violently several times and to destroy his spirit more quietly over the next several years.
Since John Got Sick: A Quest for Survival and Faith, is the story of a young man's heroic battle to survive both the initial onslaught and the ongoing assault of a traumatic autoimmune disease and its ensuing consequences (including dialysis, disability, transplant, depression, opioid dependence, and post-traumatic stress disorder). Simultaneously it is the story of a mother's love and strength against daunting odds, including donating a kidney.
Traumatic illness often ends in a relatively quick death or a sudden miraculous recovery. John's was neither. His is a story, with parts written in his words, of courage, endurance, and patience, along with a stubborn refusal to quit. While his mother sought God and prayer, John's will to live was based in something else-perhaps even more intrinsic.
For anyone who has suffered a serious illness, whether personally or with a child; anyone facing the challenges of autoimmune disease; and any medical professionals who have worked to help them, this book provides insight from the patient's perspective. Patient advocates, clergy, and community members may benefit from vicariously experiencing the multi-faceted challenges-mental, emotional, spiritual, social and financial-shown here. And likely any mother, or parent, will identify, feel the heart ache, and wonder, Why not me?
About the author:
Allison Greene has worked in health care for more than twenty-five years and is the author of two previous books: Your Aging Parents and Divorce: A Spiritual Journey. A graduate of Furman University (BA), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MA), and the University of South Carolina (MA), she lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
If you cannot make the event, you can reserve a personalized copy of the author's book by contacting Fiction Addiction in advance at 864-675-0540 or at
ABOUT FICTION ADDICTION
Fiction Addiction is a local, woman-owned, independent bookstore established in 2001. The store carries a mixture of new and used fiction and nonfiction, including children's books, as well as gift items. We are located at 1175 Woods Crossing Road (in the shopping center with Fried Green Tomatoes, Jimmy John's, and Boardwalk). For more information, visit our website at http://www.fiction-addiction.com or call us at 864-675-0540.
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