I keep telling Jennifer, “This really is going to happen!”
We’ve written our book, “Despite MS, to Spite MS.”
Our designer sent it to the printer on Tuesday, Aug. 2, and we’re hoping you are as excited to read it as we are to share it with you!
“Despite MS, to Spite MS” is a compilation of our essays describing our experiences, emotions and attitudes in living with this chronic disease of the central nervous system.
We were quite nervous and overwhelmed when it first was suggested to us that we should pursue self-publishing a book of our stories. But the more we thought about it, we realized it was a needed step for us to take to increase MS awareness and help people to move forward with their lives.
Guiding the themes of each section are some of the most inspirational and motivational haiku-style poems our friend and fellow blogger Judy Williams has written for her blog, Peace Be With You on the MS Journey. We are so honored to include her in our book!
Thinking back to the day in 2002 when I met Jennifer at the “Finding Your Buried Treasure” event in Frankenmuth, I recall one of the activities where we had to cut out magazine pictures to place on what was to be the treasure map for our lives. The pictures were to be of things that were important to us.
Among the images I included were of a book – something I always had wanted to write –Bruce Springsteen (of course!) a church, and a family.
So here I am some eight years later self-publishing a book that includes essays I needed to receive copyright permission from a Lutheran Church organization and Springsteen to print. And I truly am blessed that I wrote, compiled and edited this book with my wife, Jennifer.
Visit the website www.despitemstospitems.com to learn more about our book and how you can buy your copy through PayPal. The book costs $14.95, and portions of the proceeds will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Camp Courageous.
And you’re encouraged to take advantage of the pre-order promotion that offers free shipping and a signed copy of the book for orders placed before Aug. 31.