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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Book Release! April 28, 2015: Preview and Cover Reveal!

I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my book, The Hero of the Story: Reclaiming Your Life After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis. For the past year, I spent my days writing and editing, and the final release date of my debut book has been set as April 28, 2015. The book will be available both as an ebook through Kindle, as well as a print version. I am hopeful that this book will be inspirational and motivating for any MS patient, as well as caregivers, family members, and friends.

The main message of the book is that challenges are opportunities in disguise. Hardship can be your biggest motivator, and difficult times can actually help us to see how strong and capable we truly are. This message of hope despite MS is one I feel passionately about, and I hope that others will feel inspired to carry on through difficult times. I tried to cover topics that we don't often see in other MS related guides. Topics such as pain, substance use/abuse, emotional manifestations of MS, parenting with MS, and success despite illness are covered, as well as many other relevant subjects related to our experience. I will be posting the link to the purchase site when the book is released, and I am very grateful to everyone for the ongoing support! Thank you!

Press Release:



  

The Hero of the Story: Uplifting New Book, Written by Nurse Practitioner and M.S. Patient, Inspires Fellow Patients to Embrace Life & Never Give Up.

Meagan L. Freeman’s ‘The Hero of the Story: Reclaiming Your Life After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis’ reaches out to the 200 newly-diagnosed M.S. patients each week, as well as existing patients, to prove that life is very much still worth living. Fusing her personal experiences as a Multiple Sclerosis patient with a decade of work as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, Freeman cuts to the core of diagnosis, pain syndromes, parenting with a chronic disease and much more to urge all readers to see challenges as opportunities in disguise. Through a unique journal-style format, each and every reader is also afforded the bold opportunity to craft their own life story.


For Immediate Release


Northern CA – In 2009, while in the thick of her graduate medical education and with six children to care for, Meagan Freeman found herself grappling with a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. With a career that had seen her witness the true wrath of the disease, nobody would have blamed Freeman for quitting work, giving up hope and locking herself inside.
But Freeman had much to live for and dramatically reclaimed her life. Now a passionate advocate for fellow patients and a popular contributor across the M.S. blogosphere, Freeman has finally put pen to paper to produce a truly inspirational new book.

‘The Hero of the Story: Reclaiming Your Life After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis’ reaches out to all in the M.S. community to prove that they are never alone. In a market awash with technical M.S. guides, Freeman’s new volume bucks the trend as one of the few written by someone who lives with the disease every day.

Synopsis:

Coping with the daily experience of multiple sclerosis can be a challenge. Patients seeking information about life after diagnosis will enjoy this personal story of success. Meagan Freeman was a full time college student, mother of six, and ER nurse when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2009. Meagan continued on with her education despite the illness, and graduated with her Masters degree in 2012. Balancing a healthcare career, a large blended family, and the daily effects of MS, Meagan offers sound advice, using hardship as a motivator. Readers will find knowledge, inspiration, and hope in this guide to survival and success despite MS.

“I pull no punches when covering topics existing M.S. books shy away from,” explains Freeman, who blogs for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, The Race to Erase MS, and her own site. “I cover the shock of diagnosis, coping with pain syndromes, substance abuse, parenting with a chronic disease, grieving for the past and also – possibly the most vital topic – finding a new purpose when your illness causes your career to end.”

Continuing, “It fulfills a huge gap in the M.S. community, for patient-geared books written by those who know the disease and its manifestations first-hand. I have truly walked the walk, and hope to provide inspiration for anyone in need.”
But it’s not just about Freeman. Her book also offers readers the rare opportunity of capturing their own life story.
“Each chapter ends with a series of journal prompts that allows readers to create their own life story by the end of the book. I’m privileged to be guiding them through this soul-searching journey. This is a must-read book for anyone living with or caring for someone living with Multiple Sclerosis,” she adds.

‘The Hero of the Story: Reclaiming Your Life After a Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis’ will be released on April 28th, 2015.

Meagan blogs weekly on her site: Multiple Sclerosis, Motherhood, and Other Traumatic Experiences: http://www.motherhoodandmultiplesclerosis.com. Visit the site to keep abreast of the book’s developments.

She is also a guest blogger for the Race to Erase MS and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.


About the Author
Meagan Freeman is a licensed family nurse practitioner and mother of six from Northern California. Meagan spent decades working in healthcare, including ten years as an emergency department RN. She was diagnosed with MS in 2009, in the midst of her graduate medical education, and now blogs for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America, The Race to Erase MS, and her own site, Multiple Sclerosis, Motherhood, and Other Traumatic Experiences.




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