Book Review: A Life of Hope by Graham Petersoncategories: Book, Sexually Transmitted Disease, Memoirs, Family, Life, Self Help, Self Help, Health, Herpes
Graham Petersonabout this book: A Life of Hope.
Written by 2 people who know what you are going through.
One recently, the other many years ago.
This is a personal book about the journey undertaken when you realise that you have contracted the sexually transmitted disease Herpes. This book was inspired by a few things. The first being that there is not much information available from the perspective of someone who has contracted the disease. There are many books written by the medical profession talking about how you contract it and the treatments available, but nothing telling you about the psychological effects it has on you. The primary readers of this book will be people who have received the horrible news from their doctor that they are positive to herpes.
This book took approximately 4 months to write as it was a very personal and difficult journey. But the main theme of the book is that you are not alone. There are many people out there who have the same disease and are going through the same psychological and emotional upheavals, thoughts and processes that you are.
The title speaks for itself. We learnt from writing this book just how strong we are.
That there is hope out there. You will meet someone in the future, who may not have the disease but will be accepting of it or that you may meet someone else with it, and like other normal relationships, you will start all over again and have that special person in your life. You can reinvent yourself and gain back who you were before it all happened and live a normal life.
The hardest part of writing this book was that it was an extremely personal journey and to share that journey with strangers is very hard.
We are not alone.
We can, in time, deal with this, accept this and live on.
With hope, find each other or find people, like the 2 of us have.
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Honesty with a personal touchThe honesty and Bluntness of this book is truely humbling. I can see that it would have been very difficult to write, however very helpful and emotional. highly recommended!
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