Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Featured Author - Marilyn Celeste Morris

Dr. Gregory House would be envious of Valley Girls guest author today. The television series House M.D. always has the character of Dr. Gregory House searching for and trying to find his next Lupus patient. Throughout the entire series he’s been hard pressed to find more than one or two Lupus patients, however, Valley Girl Musings may just have the most famous Lupus patient joining us today. Author Marilyn Celeste Morris is on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion promoting her book, Diagnosis: Lupus: The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient. This self-help book is filled with selected entries from her journal and details her personal struggle for diagnosis and treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus) from the first symptoms in 1982, to her diagnosis in 1988 and current state of remission.

Ms. Morris states, “My purpose is to inform, in non-clinical language, newly-diagnosed, yet-to-be diagnosed patients and their families; give them courage to continue seeking a diagnosis in the face of frustration and feelings of despair; and offer hope, even when conditions seem hopeless. My intent is not to linger there, but to press on toward remission, recovery and acceptance.

Far from being a list of complaints, the author’s pages reveal her unexpected spiritual growth and gratitude for life itself. She answers the questions such as “How did I get this disease? Will my children also get it? along with many others.

“By relating my innermost thoughts and feelings, I hope readers will come to realize they are not alone in their frustration, depression, job losses and subsequent loss of income, battles with an Alphabet Soup of public assistance services, Social Security Disability; food stamps, clinical depression, job losses, loss of income and other dire consequences of the disease. As many new members of the our local Lupus Support Groups sign in relief upon finding us. “I thought I was the only person in the world who felt this way." Readers will discover they are truly not alone in their thinking and their feelings.

While she compiled these entries from the perspective of a “recovered” lupus patient, Ms. Morris states. “I am also aware that lupus may rear it ugly head at any moment, bringing me back to the rounds of physicians, medications, and even hospitalization. This is the life persons with chronic diseases must lead, and their choices are either to feel sorry for themselves and burrow into a sinkhole of despair, or live life as it comes, one day at a time, the best way possible.”

This is Ms. Morris’s third book. She has also written human-interest columns for ten years for a suburban weekly; taught creative writing at Tarrant County College, and was the recipient of an Honorable Mention award at the Ozark Writers Conference. Her first novel, Sabbath’s Room was published in December, 2001 and in 2004, her memoirs of her worldwide travels with her army officer father, Once a Brat.

Marilyn Morris may be reached by email: to schedule a speaking engagement or arrange for editing services. See also for excerpts of all three books.

Diagnosis: Lupus: The Intimate Journal of a Lupus Patient is available at, and other online bookstores, or your local bookstore may order for you.


Cheryl said...

Great and unique way to promote Marilyn's book. Thanks for hosting her. And Marilyn, you go girl!


Dorothy said...

Wow, this was a unique way to promote Marilyn's book...I'm impressed, Becky!