Jesus Year: The First Year of the Rest of My Life After I Was Diagnosed With MS

Jesus Year: The First Year of the Rest of My Life After I Was Diagnosed With MS

by Ashley M Ratcliff
Jesus Year: The First Year of the Rest of My Life After I Was Diagnosed With MS

Jesus Year: The First Year of the Rest of My Life After I Was Diagnosed With MS

by Ashley M Ratcliff


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How do you pick yourself up after being dealt a devastating blow? Ashley M. Ratcliff got a crash course in collecting the broken pieces of her once easygoing life and building something beautiful with them when her health suddenly declined. At the age of thirty-three, in the middle of her Jesus Year, Ashley was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis-an autoimmune disorder for which there is no cure. In the year that followed, depression and anxiety, on top of the grueling symptoms of her MS, sought to sideline Ashley, and she found herself clinging to God closer than ever before.

Sometimes you have to get knocked down to get back up stronger. And Ashley is living proof of that truth. She has bounced back from the immobilizing flare-up that led to her diagnosis, and has since found perspective, purpose and restored faith. Jesus Year is the book that Ashley wishes she was given when she was first diagnosed. This self-help memoir takes readers on her journey of reclaiming her joy and finding a new normal, a process to which anyone living with a chronic illness can relate.

In these pages, you'll learn how to:

  • Confront your reality
  • Build a support squad
  • Say goodbye to who or what no longer serves you
  • Set yourself up for success
  • Celebrate milestones and live your best life

Above all else, you will leave this book knowing that your life isn't over because the unexpected occurs. In fact, it's about to begin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781636160146
Publisher: Opportune Independent Publishing Co.
Publication date: 12/22/2020
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

ASHLEY M. RATCLIFF is a writer, editor and blogger who lives to tell stories professionally and for pleasure. She began her career in print journalism after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she studied sociology and professional writing with an editing emphasis. Ashley has since transitioned to tech, and currently works in internal communications at Snap Inc., which has brought Snapchat and Spectacles to the world.

Ashley co-authored a collection of short stories titled Stories 4 Women, which earned an honorable mention in the Hollywood Book Festival, and blogs about fashion, food and frivolity at She currently resides in Long Beach, California, with her pride and joy, Ryley, the long-haired mini dachshund who loves mischief as much as she loves making her human smile.

Keep up with the latest on Ashley and Jesus Year at ASHLEYTHEAUTHOR.COM.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

My Cross to Bear 19

And If Not, He Is Still Good 47

A Tribe Called Blessed 75

You Say "Selfish," I Say "Self-Care" 103

The Blue Card Clique 133

Baby Steps to Big Leaps 143

Get Up, Get Out and Do Something 165

They Tried It 183

Life Is Meant to Be Lived 217

Acknowledgments 233

Notes 239

About the Author 243

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