Life is but a Dream

A Memoir of Living with Illness

by Garet Spiese



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/3/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781532012839
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 236
ISBN : 9781532012822

About the Book

Afflicted with an unrecognized liver ailment at the young age of thirteen, Peggy fights for her life every day, tormented both physically and psychologically. Her parents do their utmost to immerse her in positive energy, all the while wondering whether their daughter will live or die.

One by one, Peggy’s childhood dreams are dashed. She gains weight, battles depression, is forbidden to play sports or even ride a bicycle, is warned against ever becoming pregnant, and repeatedly suffers wounds caused by what to other people would be a simple bump into a chair. Through each new trial, she learns more about the value of gratitude in all things.

Coping with her declining health, she finds a life partner and a renewed sense of worth as she acts in the theater and writes. Then one day, she is given a second chance at life through a liver transplant.

Anyone who meets daily challenges will find inspiration in this writer’s determination and faith. This is the inspiring story of Peggy’s unexpected survival, despite the odds.

About the Author

Garet Spiese is a liver transplant recipient, and has worked in Pennsylvania’s Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness (OTDA) Project, coordinated by the LLIU13 ( Married to her musician/ actor husband for forty years, the author and her husband live with their five adopted cats in beautiful western Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, overlooking the mighty Susquehanna River.