A book about a girl that hid an illness of pain and suffering until. She found out she was disabled at 36 with a chronic pain illness, muscular dystrophy and breast cancer by 40.
She married a surgeon and together blended their families and made an empire.
She found out that motherhood and philanthropy is the most important aspect of her life.
With a terminal illness called Pompe disease, she spends her entire life with two of the same doctors.
Dr. Lubenow, from Rush University Medical Center and Dr. Richard McDonough is at Advocate Good Shephard Hospital.
She has “inspirational” stories to share on surviving, divorce, disability, cancer, love, marriage, motherhood and terminal illness.
“Melissa is the “Ultimate Survivor””, Eleanor Anne Sweet.
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Table of ContentsC O N T E N T S
Foreword by Lynda Yost 9
1. Meet a Simple Girl 13
2. Surviving and Thriving 21
3. Making a New Life 33
4. Never Say Never! 41
5. A Secret Revealed 47
6. Solving the Mystery 67
7. Becoming an Advocate 71
8. From a Mother's Perspective by Nancy Mae D'Agostin, Who I Love So Much 81
9. My Journey with Dr. Tim Lubenow 87
10. Melissa Mae Palmer: A Mystery Unsolved 97
11. From the Perspective of Dr. Tim Lubenow 99
Epilogue: Other Voices of People I Love 119
Acknowledgments by Melissa Mae Palmer and
Dr. Tim Lubenow 121