While I Was Sleeping by Mary Ellen Smith
A true story about love, hope and determination

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"I find it ironic that the types of books I like to read and movies I like to watch are about people who have been faced with less than favorable odds and yet were able to beat those odds. Little did I know that my life was about to become one of these stories. On March 5, 2010, I was admitted to the hospital with influenza A, pneumonia that quickly went into Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. I was given less than one percent chance of survival.

At first I wasn't too keen on the idea of writing about my illness. I wondered if I really wanted to go back and recount, or continue to remember, this nightmare. Would writing about it maybe help me down the road? Would this be what I needed to do in order to heal emotionally?

A nurse in my neurologist's office encouraged me to write my story because she said there never has been a book written about someone with Multiple Sclerosis who had gone through what I did and not have a flare up from this disease, let alone survive. So she gave me the incentive to tell my story in hopes that it would help others. I also thought about other families who might go through similar situations and who could get encouragement from my experience.

Above all, I wanted to express my thanks to my husband, my children, and my friends and to my God for the help and encouragement they provided during my illness and my road to recovery. I hope this encourages you as well."

About Mary Ellen Smith

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Mary Ellen Smith is a typical woman: married and a mother of four children. She currently resides in Geneva, Florida with her husband Daniel and their youngest daughter Kimberly. Her life was routine, with work, family, religious activity and everyday activity. Nothing unusual. While her general health was affected by her diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, nothing quite prepared her or her family for the sudden attack on her and her faith in God that came about because of an onset of Pneumonia and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome that almost cost her life. This faith-strengthening book is all about what each of us can achieve when faced with a critical situation and have the support of our family, friends and an implicit trust in God.
Published January 10, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 194 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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