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Sylvia, a 50-year-old Colorado woman, is diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. Thus begins "Grant Me Serenity," a story told through the eyes of Sylvia's 24-year-old daughter, Janalee, who kept a journal throughout Sylvia's seven-month battle. More than just a story about cancer, this book shares the poignant, and even funny events that occur when average people face extraordinary choices. Readers are brought right up close to this family's journey through a unique blend of story-telling and journal excerpts. The combination presents a real-time, moment-to-moment revelation of events.
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Why did I write this book? I look at it now, all dressed up and looking professional, and I smile at its crude beginnings. On January 6, 1993 – the day after doctors found Mom’s tumor – I began journaling. My fear was so overwhelming that the only way I could face it was to put it down. I carried my journal with me everywhere during Mom’s illness. On the occasions when I didn’t have it, I asked strangers, nurses, and friends for paper and a pen. Journaling helped me name and face my fears.
About three years after Mom died, I discovered that I still had fears and the need to put them down. I decided to write my story for the same reasons that I kept a journal. I had to. The first three sections of the book gushed from my pen and I kept it all in coffee-stained notepads. The fourth section, though, was different. That section, “Serenity,” is about my healing journey after Mom’s death and I struggled to put words around my experience. Again, I look now at this tidy book and I nearly laugh out loud. It was a mess! But so was I, I suppose. Out of that mess came the words. And, ultimately, the words helped me to discover the lessons I had learned and will continue to learn.
So, this is my story, my journey. I hope that it helps you or someone you love go through the same search I did.About the Author:
Janalee Card Chmel earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of Denver. She and her husband live with Frank the Dog in Colorado where Janalee works as a freelance writer. When Janalee needs to chat with her mom, she drives to the hills (the Rocky Mountains) and sits on a rock in the sun... and they chat.
"Prism International" and "Lines in the Sand" have published her fiction.
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Book Description Paros Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0970209304