Heart Disease Claims Author’s Husband, Leading Her Down Untraveled Roads

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Mary Ann Sheveland releases new memoir, “Journey of My Heart”

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With love, faith and by working together they can share an incredible amount of happiness in the time they have together.

As reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, resulting in approximately 785,000 Americans a year having a first coronary attack. For Mary Ann Sheveland these stark statistics have personal meaning. In her intimate new book, “Journey of My Heart: A Memoir” (published by iUniverse), she walks readers through a 19-year journey of sharing in her husband’s battle with coronary artery disease and revisits the fateful winter morning when she discovered her husband’s lifeless body.

In “Journey of My Heart” she shares a story written with love, humility and a great amount of faith. It is an account of emotional courage, determination and the desire to have the best quality of life in our allotted time. She chronicles the challenges faced when caring for a terminally ill spouse and the love that she and her husband shared during the good and the bad times of their crisis.

More than a simple autobiography, “Journey of My Heart” is also an inspirational guide for others who find themselves faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges.

“I feel very strongly that I can offer guidance from my personal experiences with my husband’s coronary artery disease,” says Sheveland. “This was a journey that lasted 19 years, and through all the many medical crises and health challenges, we found joy and happiness along the way. Over the years, many of our doctors encouraged me to tell this story so I could reach out with my heart and touch others. It is therefore, with Sheldon's optimistic perseverance, the doctor's encouragement and many other's support that I've been able to put this story into words.”

Bouyed by friends, family and a love of music, travel and journaling, Sheveland emerged from sorrow stronger and wiser.

“I want the reader to know that they are not alone when facing a terminal health crisis; others have come down a similar road. With love, faith and by working together they can share an incredible amount of happiness in the time they have together.”

About the Author
Mary Ann Sheveland grew up in a small, central Texas town and currently lives in east Texas. Her early love of music and mastery of the violin allowed her to play in the Austin, Las Vegas and Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestras. She has two children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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 Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star 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 iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.
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