Former Sister of St. Joseph, Mary J. Stevens tells of her life in the convent while suffering from an undiagnosed disease. Forced to leave the convent because of her health, Stevens struggled with her illness, meeting and marrying Bob, until a chance remark led to a diagnosis of acromegaly, a pituitary tumor. Told she could never bear children, urged to abort when she first conceived, Mary and Bob are now the parents of three adult children, each with a successful career. There is no cure for acromegaly, but once diagnosed, Stevens has been able to lead a normal life with some restrictions. This is the heartfelt story of a courageous woman, but in addition to that, it is informative of a difficult to diagnose disease.
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Mary J. Stevens and her twin sister were born in Michigan. Identical twins throughout childhood, Mary entered the convent as a Sister of Saint Joseph and soon began experiencing problems with her health. One of the symptoms was a change in her features. Undiagnosed and rendering her extremely ill, she reluctantly left the convent and returned to her family home. She resumed her teaching career and, still struggling with physical problems, she met and married Bob. Finally, because of a chance remark, she was diagnosed with acromegaly, a disorder resulting from a pituitary tumor. Told she could never have children, she sucessfully gave birth to three miracle children; two daughters and a son. Today, after many torturous treatments, but with the joy of an out-of-body experience, Mary and her husband lead a normal life in a central Florida community where she is heavily involved with her church, with helping others and with spreading the word to those who may be suffering from similar diseases, but who have not been properly diagnosed.
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Book Description Fireside Publications, 2008. Perfect Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0981467229