Author Offers Guidance to Those with Family Members Diagnosed with Chronic Illness

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Clara Penner provides personal insight to living joyfully through difficult times

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When her son Braxton was diagnosed with a chronic illness, author and mother Clara Penner was lost and afraid, caught in a rollercoaster of emotions. To offer guidance in times of confusion, Penner shares her family’s inspirational story in Gentle Steps On the Journey of a Healing Heart: Living joyfully through rocky times (published by Balboa Press).

This is the story of one family’s journey of healing after their son was diagnosed with severe hemophilia at just two days old. Penner describes her family’s emotional difficulties when faced with the realities of chronic illness, as well as the ways each person overcame this helpless feeling.

Capturing stories of the challenges each family member experienced and the steps to their healing, Penner shares the amazing triumphs of the human spirit and explores how everyone has the power within to shape their destinies. An excerpt from the book:

I stopped living in fear, and I started to feel excited about being a part of this blossoming life. I became a player in my life. I remembered my dreams of the future, before any diagnosis had intruded, and it was simply this: I wanted to be a great mom, and I wanted whatever children I might have to be happy and enjoy life to the fullest! Even though the path was not what I expected it would be, I realized that I could still live those same dreams; I just needed to be open to how those dreams manifested. I needed to accept a different picture, so to speak.

“The gift of living joyfully is for each and every person, not just a chosen few,” says Penner. “No matter what challenges are put before you, life is a gift for you to enjoy full out in whatever form that may be for you.”

About the Author
Clara Penner is a spiritual counselor and life coach. She has dedicated herself to guide individuals to live a more purposeful and emotionally vibrant life. Incorporating her experience with families living with chronic illness during her time as the president of Hemophilia Saskatchewan and a member on the board of director of the Canadian Hemophilia Society as well as her own personal experiences on how chronic illness has touched her life into all her writing and programs. Living the principals she teaches she is blessed with an extremely joyful life with her two children and husband in Medicine Hat, AB, Canada.

Balboa Press, a division Hay House, Inc. – a leading provider in publishing products that specialize in self-help and the mind, body, and spirit genres. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, Inc., authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages the self-publishing model. For more information, visit To start publishing your book with Balboa Press, call 877-407-4847 today. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter.

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