Apr 21, 2014, 10:04 PM
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I beg you all to bear with me at my brash attitude here, but I am pleading for as much help as possible. Obviously, I am new to this site as well as to writing. In 2007, I survived a stroke, a one month stay in the hospital, absolute fear and embarrassment at my new-found inability to do anything at all close to what I did before my stroke. My doctors and nurses told me what to expect medically when I was going home and for their input, I am grateful, but information pertaining to real world life was practically nonexistent. For that reason, after 7 long, hard years of trying to function post-stroke, I felt that I might offer some insight to other stroke patients coming home. The fear, loss of mobility, inability to control my bodily functions, inability to walk properly, cook, clean, care for myself, drive and any the myriad of things I could no longer do still weigh heavily on my mind and body. I did find, however that I could still compose a letter for our family owned business, indicating I could still think to some degree, and I still felt compassion for most people, especially those in my situation. Perhaps my words could help them to cope a bit better after coming home, or even while still in the hospital. I though that perhaps I might have found my "calling" in life. My problem is that I have no clue how to get this book published and made available to the people who need it. I've spoken with scam artists who will, for a massive fee, publish my book. I'm not looking to make millions of dollars here, I only want to be able to support those who I might have the ability to help. My son, who is proficient at writing scientific research, suggested I do this, write to you, who may know how to help me in this adventure. He says I need an editor first and foremost, submit my manuscript to competitions and contests to help advance my goals. What say you? I have no money to speak of, as I am disabled and a survivor of Social Security battles which are never-ending.