Hello! As most of you know, I have recently self-published my book called “Happily Ever After”. My book is a reflection of what I went through last year when I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder. When I first researched the option to have my book self or traditionally published, I decided to self-publish, as the purpose of my book was just to inform my friends and family and maybe a few strangers about what I went through. I never imagined the amount of attention that would arise from this. There has been so much interest in my both my book and my story, and I feel compelled to continue sharing it to create awareness. Every person that hears my story is amazed and inspired and wants to share it with another person and I feel like my book is now just the beginning for me. So I have decided to start a Blog and hope that you will follow me on this journey as I continue promoting my book!
Like I said – my goal of writing a book and sharing it with my friends and family has been fulfilled. So my goal now is to continue sharing my story, for two reasons –one, to continue creating awareness on GBS. And the other, to help people realize just how short life is. After going through what I did, it really made me appreciate my life that much more. This whole experience taught me that I need to live my life to the absolute fullest and to really appreciate the amazing people I have in my life. And I believe that my book will inspire you to do the same.
The past few weeks have been a whirlwind, as word about my book continues to spread. I have received messages from numerous people that I barely know wanting to get a copy. A company that I deal with has even asked me to come in and share my story with their organization, in hopes of inspiring their employees. With the encouragement of a fellow GBS survivor, I also posted my YouTube video and link to my book on several different GBS sites on Facebook. And the response has been absolutely incredible! The posts and comments related to my book have shown me just how much it is impacting people. The other day I received a message from someone in South Africa! It amazes me that my story has reached that far.
I don’t believe that I have a more heart wrenching story than any other GBS survivor. I know that there are far more severe cases, and far more devastating cases which did not end as happily as mine. I guess I just feel that all the different dynamics that go along with my story, really captivate, impact, and inspire others in a huge way. One huge thing that is helping me share my story is my YouTube video. Being able to visually show others what I went through has a huge impact on others. People have told me that the contrast between what I looked like before, to what I looked like in ICU makes it much more real and that much more devastating. And then to see how severely paralyzed I was for all that time, and to watch as I regain my strength and learn to walk again, is very inspirational. My video has been seen all over the world and I know that it is helping others with GBS from the numerous messages I receive from complete strangers also dealing with Guillain-Barre.
Another thing that makes my story captivating is the fact that I was diagnosed with GBS only a few weeks after giving birth. Most people, especially parents, can’t even imagine what it was like for me to be separated from my newborn daughter so soon after she was born. And trust me, it’s very hard to think back to the things I missed out on. But I think people realize that she was the reason why I worked as hard as I did to get better.
I think what makes my story most inspirational, is the fact that I recovered. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of happy endings out there. The news is filled with sad, horrific and grotesque stories that sadden us all. People are being murdered, they are killed in car accidents, and they are dying of cancer. Viewers not only need to, but they want to hear a happy ending for a change. And after being on the news several times in the past month, I was thrilled to be able to share my happy ending with Edmonton viewers. I can only hope that my story will give others hope when they are going through a tough time; to never give up and to keep fighting.
I look forward to the rest of my journey with this…I am not quite sure where I am headed yet, but I do feel like I have found something that I am truly passionate about, and will continue sharing what is so near and dear to my heart with the world.