In Sickness and In Health

A Journalized Account of Coping with Multiple Myeloma

Non-Fiction - Health - Medical
134 Pages
Reviewed on 08/21/2013
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Author Biography

I am a Baltimore, Maryland native who has worked in the educational arena for over twenty-five years. I was employed as a Financial Aid Counselor for eighteen years at the private and state college settings. Since 2005, I have worked for the Public Schools of Robeson County (North Carolina) where I currently serve as the Career and Technical Education Coordinator. Growing up, I have always loved to write, but had never thought to write a book. I was lead to publish a book after being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow/plasma cells. Keeping a journal was very therapeutic for me during my treatment process, while trying to cope with other life-altering situations all at the same time, in addition to dealing with the cancer. My goal in publishing this book was to share my experiences in hope of helping and encouraging others who may be in the same or similar situation.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

It was when Demetria Alexander Grissett was diagnosed with multiple myeloma that she was lead to write and publish this book, In Sickness and In Health. This is a journal that will take you through her everyday life as she deals with this cancer of the plasma cells. But this is not all Demetria goes through during her illness. Her husband is diagnosed with diabetes, and she loses three cousins within a few months of each other. Instead of trying to take matters into her own hands, Ms. Grissett turns to God to help her deal with these very stressful and heartbreaking times in her life. The Bible verse she holds onto is one I love, and it tells why she chose to place her trust in God and His Word. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

This is the most precious book written by someone who is so humble and truly places her faith and trust in the Lord for everything she is going through. I laughed and I cried with Demetria as she shares her heart and her feelings as she goes through this phase of her life. But as sad and heartbreaking as her story is, I found an amazing amount of encouragement and strength throughout her entire journey. I appreciate her honesty about her feelings, because this is what will help others so much that are going through some of the same situations. And even if your situation is not quite the same as this author's, I really encourage you to read In Sickness and In Health because it will uplift you, no matter what. Ms. Grissett’s story was truly a blessing for me to read!

Kimberlee Taylor

A short, concise, educational, and powerful read on the day to day struggles associated with multiple myeloma.

I was completely engaged from page one.

Thanks Dee for sharing your story with the world.

Victoria Hunt

I absolutely loved your book . It made me cry a little and also laugh a little . Hope things are going good.

Veronica Popo

Hello sis, just want to know that I love love love your book! Im sitting at work about to fall asleep cause instead of going to sleep at a decent hour I had to finish the book! You know we have been family for along time so the love and respect has always been there but after reading the book it went to a whole different level.So amazed at all you went through and are going through and we never knew how bad it really was. While reading the book I laughed, I cried and I remembered.

Stacy Gaither

Sis n law, I'm so proud of you, sitting here reading your book, its awesome and I love it, I'm almost done reading it, that's excellent for me, b/c I don't read books like that lol, When I think of the goodness of the Lord , my soul cries hallelujah!!!! "Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever" --Psalms 106 verse 1. Lord thank u for Dee! Love, Stacy ♡♥ I love u sis-n-law so much!!!!! ;)

Edith Harrison

Hey Meeechelle,
Reading your book was like talking to you face to face. I am very proud of you and your accomplishments, and the strength you have shown throughout your journey. To God Be the Glory for the challenges you have overcome and the lives you have touched and encouraged along the way. Love Peedie!

Laverna Emanuel

Great reading! Very inspirational for us with or without cancers to be mindful of our daily challenges of life and how we need to make wonderous memories as we travel life's pathway.

Henrietta Graham

My Dear Dee,
You are a miracle! You make everything look so easy! You make all of us see the God in you!
I know that the Lord is blessing you right now, oh right now.
Love you

Tony Hargett

We exist to serve the Lord. It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving.I'm ready for the next 88 books and more you will write...

Felicia Scott

This book was extremely uplifting. There are moments of sadness and joy. You will cry and laugh. The entire book is spiritually food for your inner soul! Thank God for "Dee" writing this book to help others going through similar situations. You must read this book it is AWESOME!