Book – “Happily Ever After”

by Holly Gerlach

To order  “Happily Ever After”,

please visit Trafford Publishing website



It is also available on all major online book retailers:



Barnes and Noble

“Happily Ever After” is available in Hardcover, Softcover and E-Book Version.

The E-Book can also be purchased through the Kindle app and iTunes Store.

If you would like to purchase an autographed book, please contact Holly directly.


At the age of 26, less than 3 weeks after giving birth to her first child, author Holly noticed that her fingertips were numb and her legs were weakening. In less than three days, she was completely paralyzed and could no longer breathe on her own. She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome – a rare autoimmune disorder that occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system.

Holly was admitted to the hospital, where she spent two and a half months in intensive care on a ventilator. She couldn’t move, she couldn’t speak, and worst of all, she couldn’t hold her newborn daughter. She felt like her life was over, as she couldn’t be the mother that she had always wanted to be.

In Happily Ever After, the author shares an inspiring true story of her journey with GBS and how she worked to get her life back. Join her as she shares her struggles and triumphs- in this story of courage, strength and determination. Follow her entire journey, starting with the beginning symptoms, through the many months she spent in the hospital.

Holly’s story continues on well past her release from the hospital, where she fought to regain her independence as a mother.

Reviews of Happily Ever After:

“I just received Holly’s book in the mail and can’t put it down. I have laughed with her, cried with her and relived some of what I went through with her. It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it!” – S.S

” Holly did an excellent job of describing everything that she had gone through starting from the first signs to the very end. I enjoyed reading every page of her book because it was very detailed. I couldn’t put the book down! For anyone who has never heard of Guillain-Barre syndrome, I would strongly recommend you reading her book! It’s definitely one that you can learn a lot from! Thanks again Holly for your book!” – C.T

Please click here to write your review of “Happily Ever After” on Amazon.


35 Responses to Book – “Happily Ever After”

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi Holly, I just started reading your book. My Dad has a very severe case of GBS and I’m reading to try to understand what he’s going through. So many things are hitting so close to home. Thank you for publishing your story!

  3. Anonymous says:

    hey i seen u on youtube i sorry and your baby child was cute

  4. Nazurah Mardhiah says:

    Hello, Im from malaysia. How can I get your book? I WANT YOUR BOOK😊😊😊

  5. hani says: hani frm malaysia.i am so interested with ur book.may i had to know is it ur book is in malaysia book appreaciated to learn abt ur story n so proud of u holly.

  6. Hello Holly,

    Did have the also in the Netherlands? And how are you now? I experienced a similar. I had a necrofasiites bacteria

  7. Dorothy says:

    May God bless you and your family. You have come through a major ordeal and sharing your story has proved to be a blessing to me as well as many others. I plan to read the book ASAP

  8. Isabelle says:

    How can I get your book here in Sweden? I need some insporation for my own book. I started to lose my heraing when I was 18, now I have only 20% left (total) and it’s still going down. Hope I can get your book and read your story ☺️

    Love Isabelle

  9. Amber Knight says:

    I just saw your video and now I want to read your book!!!! You are an amazing woman I couldn’t imagine going through what you did and you can out on top!!!!

  10. Cynthia says:

    Hi Holly! I would like to know if i can buy your book in French? You are so inspirating! I need to read you 🙂

  11. wendyharbers285 says:

    After seeing the Facebook movie.
    I would like to read the book.
    Is this book available in the Netherlands?
    Or the book can come to the Netherlands?
    I would like to read it.

    You are a great inspiration for women!
    Greetings Wendy

  12. Betsy says:

    Hi Holly, I am interrested in reading your book in French as well. My husband is the director of a French publishing house and may be interested in it. His brother also was also diagnosed with GBS shortly after recovering from a ruptured brain anyrism.

  13. Zachary Béatrice says:

    bonjour Holly ,puis je trouver votre livre traduit en français svp,votre histoire ma beaucoup touché ,bravo pour votre courage et votre rage de vivre ,je vous souhaite le meilleur pour votre famille et pour vous

  14. Chrissi says:

    Hi where in Calgary can I get a copy of your book? I cam across your story on Facebook and would love to read the book and support a local mom. By chance is that the Peter lougheed hospital?

  15. Audra says:

    I enjoyed reading about your journey it has made me think about how life is too short. I’m so happy you fought back and have a normal life. I was diagnosed in 2011 with multiple sclerosis and lost the ability to walk,drive and my husband of 23 years. Life is just not fair. I worked so hard to get back everything I lost. I want my old life back I feel punished and lost the most important person in my life. I’m so glad your husband was such and caring and compassionate man. If the roles were reversed I’d never leave my husband. My wedding vows meant something to me.

  16. Madi says:

    Hi Holly,
    You are such a strong women. I am a nursing student in Ontario and have been really moved by your story and would love to write a paper using you as an example of maternal strengths, but first I would love to read your book!

    I would love to get a copy from you and I am just wondering the easiest way to do that.

    I really look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks! Madi

  17. April Garza says:

    Truly touching story. I myself came down with something after giving birth to my second child. After a long two years of tests…I was diagnosed with Lupus. I’m glad to see you overcoming this. Blessings to you and your family.

    I currently can not afford a book. I’d love to get my hands on it one day though. Best of luck to you.

  18. Roxanne Leblanc says:

    I just finished watching your video on facebook and am completely bawling. At the age of 26 my husband was also diagnosed with Guyllain Barre. I was a month pregnant with our second daughter, and a one-year old in tow. Watching your video reminded me of everything I went through with this rare disease. Watching your video made me wonder how I ever made it through, how he made it through. What an uphill treacherous battle it was. In your video I see all these beautiful people around you helping you and your husband and your beautiful daughter and am sad to say I had to face my battle with GB on my own. I am glad you are doing well today and I hope will continue to do well. This was 11 years ago for my husband and I can report that besides lingering fatigue and the susceptability to catch anything and everything he is doing well. Keep up the hard work and I am sure to purchase your book. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • hollygerlach says:

      Thank you for sharing yours as well. I can imagine it was a treacherous battle for you as well, being pregnant, with a one year old, and not much support 😦 I am glad to hear he is doing well now. My video brings up a lot of memories for a lot of people but I think it mostly reminds us all of how far we come and how much we have accomplished!!

  19. Wendy OSteen says:

    I had GBS at age 25 (in 1996). I got sick in June and that began my journey. After watching your video our stories mimic each other so closely. The only part that was different was I had my eyes taped shut for 2 weeks because the eye muscles were paralyzed. I also went through plasma psoriasis treatments to clean the blood. I too am back to T25 workouts. I still deal with musclar pain. Thanks for sharing your story!

  20. Ellie collins says:

    I have been so touched with your story. I would love to buy the book but it isnt in english money? Xx

    • hollygerlach says:

      HI Ellie – you should be able to get it through Otherwise I can also send you a copy personally! Let me know if you are able to find it or if you want a signed copy!

  21. Joanna says:

    I saw your video on Facebook and I was educated and truly touched. I’m so happy to see you are doing well and get to enjoy your family, especially that sweet little girl. As a mother of two little girls, one still a baby, I was especially emotional to see you holding your babe in the hosptial and your husband always there. Thanks for sharing your story. I ish you and your family all the best. Joanna in New Brunswick

  22. Kevin Manz says:

    I just can’t get over the strength and courage you have. You are a true hero! My wife is I to fitness and is a beachbody coach and encourages me to workout and I make excuses. To make along story short, you have lit a fire in me to strive to be stronger and determined to push harder so that I may enjoy our life and children longer. Thanks for sharing your story. God bless!

  23. Jesse Sutherland says:

    Hello my name is Jesse I was wondering how I would be able to go about buying your book you’re such an inspiration you were so strong

    • hollygerlach says:

      Hi Jesse. You can get it online, (Amazon) or if you are wanting a signed copy you can get one directly from me! Please send me an email

      • Anonymous says:

        How do I get your book?

      • hollygerlach says:

        Thanks so much for your interest in my book. You can get it online or I can send you one personally. I would just need to know your mailing address so I can get a quote for shipping, generally it’s about 15 dollars to the states (I am in Canada). My book is available in soft cover for $15 or hardcover for $20. Then the total cost can be either e-transferred to my email address, or sent through PayPal. Cheque is also an option but obviously takes a little longer to process the order that way. Whatever you prefer, just let me know! And if you can please let me know you want the book specifically addressed to. Thanks!

      • hollygerlach says:

        That is so awesome !! Glad to see that you are not letting Gbs hold you back. Thanks for the message 🙂

  24. Jesse says:

    Hello your such an inspiration! Where and how do I buy your book?

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