Retired National Guardsman Shares Tough Battle Against Dermatomyositis

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Author Robert Licciardello publishes a book that bespeaks faith, optimism and gratitude.

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Robert Licciardello had been living the American Dream. He became a successful professional across different industries, managed several successful businesses and, being a retired sergeant from the Army National Guard, was perfectly healthy and self-reliable. Upon contracting an extreme and rare medical condition, he suddenly became completely incapacitated and dependent on others. Now, he bares his soul and shares how he lives his battle cry against Dermatomyositis, “Adapt, improvise, and overcome,” in his newly published book, titled Coping with Illness through Attitude and Faith.

On August 2004, Licciardello already had the symptoms. Going up the stairs and getting up from a chair became extremely difficult for him to do. Attributing them to fatigue and reluctant to visit his physician, he ignored the symptoms for several weeks. They gradually got worse. When he fell flat on the floor one evening, he finally sought help. Within a few days, he was unable to raise his hands to his head, roll over, or walk.

Licciardello was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis (DM), a connective-tissue disease characterized by inflammation of the muscles and the skin. While DM most frequently affects the skin and muscles, it is a systemic disorder that may also affect the joints, the esophagus, the lungs, and, less commonly, the heart. Why it occurs, is unknown. What is known, however, is Licciardello’s tremendous courage as he battles this disease.

Honest, uplifting and empowering, Coping with Illness through Attitude and Faith reveals to readers how one man, weakened in body, has strengthened his spirit of faith and optimism to counter his limitations. Moreover, his gratitude to God, family, friends, medical staff and everyone is also an example worth emulating.

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About the Author
Robert Licciardello was born and raised in Trenton, N.J. along with his two sisters. After completing high school, Robert enlisted in the New Jersey Army National Guard. Robert later re-enlisted in the New Jersey National Guard for an additional two years. Prior to the first Gulf War Robert again re-enlisted at the age of 45 years old in the Florida Army National Guard and completed 22 years of service. Although having no college education he was able to successfully become a licensed New York Stock Exchange Account executive. Having moved to Florida in 1980, he also attained Florida licenses as a real estate broker and licensed mortgage broker. Robert owned and operated businesses in Florida until retiring due to his illness. When asked about his creative writing ability Robert says he has no formal writing skills but finds it very easy if all you have to do is write the truth. Robert lives in Florida with his two sons and their families including seven grandchildren. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus. He hopes that his story will provide added hope and encouragement to others who struggle with illnesses.

Coping with Illness through Attitude and Faith * by Robert Licciardello
Publication Date: October 22, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 30 pages; 978-1-4797-0828-4
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 30 pages; 978-1-4797-0829-1

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