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Throughout my life, expressing my thoughts and feelings on paper was a way to pacify what was troubling me. So it was only natural, during my acute respiratory distress syndrome recovery, that I began to document what I remembered and what I was told about my illness. I started to recreate what transpired during those thirteen days I was hospitalized. Being the organized person that I am, I arranged all of this information in chronological order. The missing pieces of my life suddenly started to make sense and that made me feel better. Basically, writing this book became my own personal therapy. But as I recalled some of the horrific events of my illness, it was evident that faith was what held me together. When I continued to examine myself and reflect on how I had reached this point in my life, I saw a pattern in what had always sustained me. With all of the disappointments and all of the pain throughout the years, both emotionally and physically, I always relied on my faith and the healing power of our Lord. This near death experience taught me valuable lessons and allowed me to draw upon the strength of many. What began as a therapeutic tool for my own benefit, and possibly my immediate family, has become a book filled with testaments of faith, healing, and a family's love. We can never fully prepare ourselves for adversity, illness, or tragedy; therefore, I pray my words will give hope to those who face life's challenges and inspire those to draw strength from our Heavenly Father, so by His grace ... you too can PREVAIL. q--Annette L. Saenzq About the Author Annette L. Saenz lives in Brownsville, Texas, with her husband and two children. She is a registered nurse and practices as a certified nurse case manager. She has owned and operated her own business since 1998. On February 27, 2008, she became seriously ill and was subsequently diagnosed with ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). She was given a fifty/fifty chance of survival. Annette made a full recovery and is considered an ARDS survivor/miracle. For more information on acute respiratory distress syndrome, please visit the ARDS Foundation at The ARDS Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization for individuals who have been personally affected by acute respiratory distress syndrome. The mission is to raise awareness, increase education, and assist in funding medical research while providing a forum for all of those in the ARDS community.We had looked through numerous wallpaper books, all of which Mom had picked out and dragged all the way over to my house. We spent hours flipping through pages trying to decipher which paper was the right pattern, the right color, and even the right texture. ... The brilliant green leaves offered the perfect balance.

Author:Annette L. Saenz
Publisher:Wheatmark, Inc. - 2012-12-01


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