The Infinite Patience of Time: The Story of a Colombian American Artist Who Stumbled into ALS

The Infinite Patience of Time: The Story of a Colombian American Artist Who Stumbled into ALS

by Patricia Riascos


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“In diary format, Patricia Riascos leads us through her upbringing in Colombia, her move to the U.S., and her passion for expressing herself through art. An accomplished painter, her art shines through these pages. When diagnosed with ALS, she reminds us to appreciate what we have—even the privilege to walk.” —BATIA COHEN, PhD, author of Una Amapola Entre Cactus

“Patricia Riascos provides an amazing example of honesty, resilience, and wisdom in this heartfelt memoir. She shares how relief can come from the courage to articulate moment-to-moment realities of life so lovingly described in this work. This is not a book about chronic illness, trauma, or ALS. Rather it is a book about how one orients oneself through life’s ever-changing directions with the intention of maintaining emotional balance and gratitude.” —LINDA DIAZ, ACSW, psychotherapist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937650964
Publisher: Small Batch Books
Publication date: 05/13/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 134,957
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Patricia Riascos was born in Colombia and enjoys dual citizenship with the United States. She earned a bachelor of science degree in laboratory medical technology and worked in a stat (urgent testing) laboratory at the main facility of a large HMO in California. She went on to work in a Michigan laboratory as part of a team dedicated to helping patients with infertility issues.

It is art, however, that has always been in her heart, and she remained dedicated to making time to pursue her passion-eventually working her way toward a fine arts degree, first at California State University, Fullerton, and later at Wayne State University in Michigan.

In 2012 Riascos began to experience the symptoms of ALS, unbeknownst to her at the time. Though she is no longer able to walk, she still considers herself fortunate to have not experienced the loss of her voice, one of the first symptoms of the disease in most people. At the moment of this writing, she is still participating in all aspects of life as much as possible and also paints, just on a smaller scale.

Riascos lives with her husband, Harlan, in Michigan. Her daughter, Monica, has just relocated from Chicago to Detroit.

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Anonymous 27 days ago
This is a story beautifully told. It documents a woman's journey through adulthood and, presently, in stages of ALS. We've all asked questions about our futures: what will it bring? what if something terrible happens? will I be able to cope? M. Riascos is a friend in the room exuding light and warmth. Unencumbered by self-pity, she is saying, "Well, here is what I'm doing". You will not hear sermons or directives, but you will find insights that come from living with an open heart. She is a shining example of grace and dignity, deserving of our attention. Karen B Oxford, MI