‘Life in Babylon’ depicts author’s experiences building nursing home

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Theresa M. Santmann shares how husband’s battles inspired her to change careers to help others

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In her poignant and inspiring memoir, “Life in Babylon” (published by iUniverse), healthcare advocate Theresa M. Santmann chronicles her journey as the first woman in New York State to obtain a Federal Housing Administration-backed loan to build a nursing home. This book captures her spirit, determination and resilience as her husband’s battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, inspired her to open her care center.

Santmann’s story begins in 1976, when her husband was diagnosed with ALS. With two young children and mounting bills, Santmann needed to make a drastic change. She found a four-apartment rental property in Babylon, New York and turned it into an adult home where her husband, Jack, became her first patient.

Santmann returned to school for nursing and began a new career that changed the lives of everyone around her. Her resourcefulness led her to receive her groundbreaking loan with only a woman’s name on the application, which she used to build a 160-bed nursing home. She operated one of the most successful nursing homes on Long Island, invented and patented a unique walker, became an airplane pilot and so much more.

Powerful, inspirational and sincere, “Life in Babylon” is an absorbing memoir that vividly depicts Santmann’s experiences battling against her husband’s ALS and striving to provide better care for those around her.

“Life in Babylon”
By Theresa M. Santmann
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781491742518
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781491742495
E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781491742501
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Babylon, New York resident Theresa M. Santmann is a healthcare advocate, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is also a pioneer, innovator and a woman whose determination led to a life of remarkable accomplishments. In 2008, Theresa wrote her first book, "In Gratitude to My Guardian Angel."

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