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Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith, and Guts: Bladder Cancer, COPD, Caregiving, Polio and More Paperback – February 21, 2012
"This book is so uniquely universal in every essential aspect that I enthusiastically recommend it to all readers regardless of their age, gender, and race." ~ Dr. Aman B. Kay, Internationally published author.
"Sylvia Ramsey takes you on a journey through her life, mostly the challenging times. Her story encourages us all to support one another and to remember that as women, we are strong and pillars of strength."
"When life throws everything at you at once, you just have to keep trucking. "Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith, and Guts" is a fine addition to any health-related memoir collection." -
Midwest Book Review, May 2012 Reviewer's Bookwatch, Burrows' Bookshelf
From the Author
Dr. Aman Kay, who is an internationally published author, helped me with this book by reviewing it. He is the one who is responsible for my poetry that has been sprinkled throughout the book. This poetry has all been published either in my book, Pulse Points of a Woman's World, or in various literary magazines. It is poetry that is written from the heart and soul, and was the only way I could express my feelings. I once had an instructor who asked me to explain poetry. I told him that it was much the same as an artist who paints what he or she sees and feels. The difference is that the poet uses words to paint the minds pictures rather than oil paints, watercolor or some other medium.
When I began a draft for the book, I crossed my fingers and asked Dr. Kay if he would mind reading it to see if I was spinning my wheels, or should I write the book. He encouraged me to complete it. Now that it is finished, his review of the book is:
"Taking the rocky road with Sylvia is a joyful challenge. It takes the reader through the most common and uncommon hardships, but at the conclusion of this delightful journey, the reader feels more joy and satisfaction: Love, faith, and incredible guts turn the rocky road into an assuring path that all of us so humanly desire. This book is so uniquely universal in every essential aspect that I enthusiastically recommend it to all readers regardless of their age, gender, and race." ~ Dr. Aman B. Kay
Some wonderful things have happened on this journey. I have met new friends who have supported me in this venture. I owe a lot to them. One of these friends is Julie Weishaar and she has volunteered to help me with marketing. We discovered that we have a lot in common. Her mother is a bladder cancer survivor. The other person is Christy who is a freelance writer, and has a blog on poetry called the Poetic Parfait. She is a cancer survivor as well. One of the instructors at the college where I work came to me yesterday, and she wants to have a launch party for my book when it is released. Healthy Women is going to publish a follow-up article on my book release. So many other people are re-tweeting my blog and supporting me and my quest in many other ways. The next thing I found out was that I had been nominated and selected for Today's Honoree. I can never thank you all enough for your support and help.
Where the next part of my journey will lead, I do not know, but stay tuned for updates.
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Traveling a Rocky Road with Love, Faith, and Guts (paperback)
This is a tale of strength in the face of adversity. How one woman survived psychological and physical blows to her psyche and health to overcome them with courage and resilience. Sylvia faced many challenges in her life, from childhood trauma, to difficult times in her marriage, then with personal health. It was heartbreaking to learn that both received news, on the same day, that each one of them faced a cancer diagnosis--her husband prostate cancer and Sylvia's bladder cancer. Sylvia was already taking care of her husband with COPD and now prostate cancer, facing bladder cancer herself, and having to deal with her full-time, job and the only wage earner in the family.
This amazing book has it all, from terrible news to lighter humor. It all happened when a large raccoon was found on their exercycle in the morning room. He was sitting on the bike with his hands on the handle bars trying to figure out how to work it. This book is a valuable addition to those suffering from cancer and at the same time for those who have their health. Many times in life we agonize over the small dramas and forget the most important thing: that we're here on earth to enjoy life as best as we can and to forgo the insignificant events in our lives. This book teaches just that.