Amazing Book Reviews!

51Osd7QSDELAmazing Book Reviews!   My book is now available – it is a dramatic yet informative and compassionate memoir about my mom’s experience with ALS, including multiple diagnoses, symptoms, deterioration, and progression of the disease.  It also includes volatile family interactions and is a very personal view of this difficult illness.  In addition, the book offers helpful information and suggestions for coping with and getting assistance for a degenerative disease.

It is very rewarding to know that through my book, I am reaching and helping others. The real purpose of my book is to help others, especially those dealing with any disease either in themselves or in a loved one, and for people to know that they are not alone. I also truly hope that my book, which has a lot of practical advice and suggestions, brings love, support, and comfort to all who read it.

salmonriverfalls[1]My mom spent her whole life helping others, and I hope that through this book, she continues to help others, even after her death.

To order a copy of this book – please click here.

For more information about ALS, this book, or me, please visit my website here.

It brings me great joy to share with everyone some of the amazing reviews that my book has received. Here are some of these reviews.

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Unforgettable. I read the entire book in less than 24 hours because I just couldn’t put it down. It was describing all the things I’m encountering as I live through the same nightmare with my own parents. It helped me better understand that while those watching it happen can only do so much, the most important thing is being there. Beautifully written, compassionately told story. Thank you Lynn.

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This is a tale of love and the progression of a debilitating disease, told from the perspective of the daughter of an ALS patient, as she meanders through the pitfalls of misdiagnoses, false hopes and finally grief, as the journey with ALS comes to a conclusion. Told with compassion and love, this is a “how-to” manual for anyone dealing with illness, terminal or otherwise. How to respect the patient’s wishes, understanding frustration and how to overcome it, how to search out viable resources, and how to be patient and supportive of your loved one throughout the illness whether the result is recovery or further deterioration, and having the strength to carry on no matter what the outcome. A compelling and informative story, bringing heartfelt insights to anyone dealing with illness. Well written and done in a flowing style, Ms. Miclea has accomplished much in this small volume and I highly recommend this book.

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For anyone who has had to deal with family illness and the loss of a loved one, Ruthie is a truly touching story of a daughter who must face the reality of losing her mother to the horrible affliction known as ALS. Filled with compassion and care, Lynn does a fantastic job of bringing the reader into her world, and what she must face as her mother becomes debilitated from this relentless and hideous disease. Lynn’s experience is one that many can relate to, and her observations of how she manages to help herself and her family members cope with this struggle is a very enlightening and well-told story. Hopefully, someday there will be a cure for this devastating illness. In the meantime, we have people like Lynn who are willing to share their stories, reaching out to us all with this loving remembrance of her mother, as well as a desire for healing and well-being for all of those who are also affected by this disease.

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Lynn has given us a harrowingly honest portrait of a family trying to cope with a devastating disease. She sensitively portrays her father’s difficulty accepting his wife’s diagnosis, and the pain his denial caused Ruthie and also Lynn herself. She details her confusion and hurt at her mother’s refusal to allow her in to her world, even as that world was collapsing. Lynn brings us right along with her as we experience the tumult, the small unexpected moments of joy, and the family’s eventual acceptance as the disease progressed. This memoir acts as a valuable guidebook for families confronting the ravages of this debilitating disease, as well as a heartfelt, loving tribute to Lynn’s extraordinary mother, Ruthie.

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This is a story that can become anyone’s story. ALS strikes about 5,000 Americans each year and knows no ethnic, gender or race biases. Lynn’s story is personal and informative. She documents the strength and hope her mother embodied as well as the family ups and downs in dealing with the disease. It’s an easy read with helpful information throughout as she chronicles the progression of this killer disease. If you are researching for information because a family member, friend or yourself has been diagnosed with ALS, this is a good first primer to help you understand what’s going to happen, what you can do to help, where you can turn and more.

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What a story! I could not put the book down. Lynn has captured the agony and the tone of the progression of ALS as it affected her mother. She takes us on the family’s journey of this dreadful disease including: immense frustrations, denials, and acceptances. The story is told with insight and compassion just as it occurred. It is a “must read” for everyone to understand and become aware of the devastation ALS causes and to help promote the study and development of a cure.

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This is the story of a woman with ALS, and how her family coped with it. It details how her daughter tried to help her as best she could, the initial denial of the seriousness of it by her husband and how he later helped keep her alive. It moves fast and I couldn’t put the book down. I learned a lot about the varieties of ALS, and how the disease progresses. I recommend this book to anyone struggling to help with the sickness of a family member.

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This is a very readable account of the author’s mother, and her deterioration from ALS, a horrible degenerative neuromuscular disease. Written from the point of view of a loving adult daughter who tried to do the right thing without forcing treatment decisions on her parents, she details how illness and the surrounding emotions affected her extended family. Not preachy or clinical, I found that I learned so much about this disease as the family learned more along the way. The author also shares tips that she learned from her research and experiences, regarding helping your loved ones keep their dignity, making wishes known, asking for help, using assistive devices, and finding joy in simple activities. I highly recommend this memoir to anyone dealing with chronic illness, caregivers, and family members.

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Wow, what a story! It’s very readable, I couldn’t put the book down. It’s the story of a woman with ALS, and how she struggled with the slow loss of all her abilities, and the denial of her husband. It details the struggles of her daughter to try to help her. The book taught me much about the disease itself – there are many variants of it. I highly recommend this book!

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I grew up with the author and knew her family well. This is a tragic story that could happen to any of us. What Lynn conveys so clearly is the confusion about ALS. Not only what the disease is and does, but the reactions of her family members as it impacts their lives.

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This book is a personal story of a daughter’s love, insight and encouragement. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. “Ruthie” takes you from the early signs to the later development of ALS. It shows how the patient’s loved ones learned how to be supportive and provide a proper environment, which helped to ease the patient’s struggle with her illness. Miclea’s practical suggestions are invaluable for readers caring for a loved one battling this disease.

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Gut-wrenching, but filled with compassion and tenderness. The author takes you on a journey of dealing with a debilitating and progressive disease, ALS, which her mother has. Searingly honest and raw, yet presented with a lot of love and compassion, this story will move you. It is written with sensitivity and brings the reader on an unforgettable journey. I am impressed with the author’s style – it is easy to read and the story is very touching. Great book – loved it!

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This book is a compelling story of a woman’s battle with ALS, as told from the point of view of the daughter. It is dramatic and heartbreaking, honest and raw. I was caught up in the drama and felt like I was experiencing it along with the family. It was hard to put the book down – it is well written and has good insights throughout, it gives the reader a lot to think about. Great read – I recommend this book.

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Powerful, dramatic, and gripping. The story grabbed me from the very first sentence and never let go. It was vulnerable and honest and really touched me. You really get a feel of what it’s like living with ALS, and the family dynamics and difficulties were heart wrenching. The suggestions given in this book are very helpful for anyone dealing with this type of situation. If you want to know more about ALS and what it’s like living with the disease and how it affects the whole family, this is the book to read!

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ALS is a horrible, degenerative, debilitating disease. My heart goes out to anyone who is touched by this illness in any way.

Please know that you are not your disease, and you are always valuable and worthwhile.  You are not alone.

Wishing each of you much love and peace.

 

Copyright © 2015 Lynn Miclea. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

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About Lynn Miclea

LYNN MICLEA grew up in New York and moved to California while in her twenties. A certified hypnotherapist, Reiki Master practitioner, and EFT (tapping) practitioner, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she spent many years working in the medical field and in various offices in an administrative capacity. She is also an accomplished musician and plays the piano at various senior facilities, where her music touches those who need it the most. After retiring in 2013, Lynn discovered a passion for writing, and she has become a successful author with ten books published. Two of her books are powerful memoirs, and eight are uplifting and fun children’s animal stories about kindness, believing in yourself, seeing the best in those around you, and helping others. Lynn believes that the best thing we can do in this world is to help each other. She hopes that through her writing, she can help encourage people to show more kindness and compassion to everyone around them. She asks everyone to be kind to each other as we all share this journey through life together. Lynn currently lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and two dogs. For more information - please check out her website at www.lynnmiclea.com - thank you!
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