New Memoir Describes Stroke Victim’s Experience

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Author Marvin McKelvey reveals insights into his recovery, the faith that got him through it

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A recent ABC News story – “South Pole: Stroke Victim Waits for Plane Flight” – describes a frightening situation in which a researcher at the South Pole is stranded after having suffered a stroke, the weather being too severe for a rescue flight. But as anyone who has suffered a stroke, or anyone who has had a loved one go through the ordeal, knows, a stroke is a frightening event even with accessible medical care. In Surviving a Darkroom: The Chronicles of Marvin Jovel McKelvey Sr. (published by iUniverse), Marvin McKelvey describes his experience after having suffered a stroke at a shockingly early point in his life.

When Marvin McKelvey was just 47 years-old, he suffered a stroke – an unusual occurrence for someone his age. This major stroke dramatically changed the way he would live the rest of his life. In his memoir, McKelvey tells his personal story of how he recovered from this severe mid-life emergency.

Surviving a Darkroom provides intimate details of the dark void of his stroke, the critical surgery that followed, the paralysis in his left side, the pain of physical therapy and the long process of recovery. McKelvey shares how his Christianity and his relationship with God helped him cope with the aftermath of his stroke.

A story of determination, Surviving a Darkroom shows how McKelvey’s faith in God provided the impetus for recovering from a stroke that left him feeling alone in a very dark room. It demonstrates how he saw the light and crawled out of the tunnel to lead an independent life.

About the Author
Marvin McKelvey worked at Xerox Corporation for more than 20 years. He attended the Rochester Business Institute and Monroe Community College. McKelvey has one son and one grandson. He lives in East Rochester, New York.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Chapters Indigo in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniverse on Twitter.


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