Jo Ann Coleman’s New Memoir Recalls Struggle With Disability

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‘The Silent Hurt’ offers inspiration for disabled youth, adults of all races, creeds, religions.

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“The world consists of the forgotten, lost, mentally, physically and emotionally challenged,” Coleman writes. “‘The Silent Hurt’ gives a ray of sunshine for the one who may think that the dark clouds will never go away.”

Jo Ann Coleman’s new memoir, “The Silent Hurt: How a Flaw Metamorphosed into Peace, Joy, and Harmony” (published by iUniverse) recalls her struggle, from a young age, with being disabled, and offers an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

From her youth, Coleman could tell she was different by the way she was treated. “I had to climb many mountains and walk through low valleys, surviving in a world of loneliness, depression and unhappiness just because of a flaw that nature instilled on me,” she recalls.

“The Silent Hurt” describes how Coleman struggled, first as a baby, then in school, growing up amongst cousins, without her parents. Even after receiving a scholarship to nursing school it was cruelly taken away after she missed an important letter. The hurt and depression Coleman felt eventually led her to attempt suicide. Luckily, she was unsuccessful and eventually she turned to Jesus. Allowing him to direct her life turned everything around.

An excerpt from the introduction to “The Silent Hurt”:

“It is my prayer that this story of my life’s journey may reach a young child who has a disability and before that child grows into a bitter adult because of the cruel arrows society has shot through his or her heart, leaving pain, gloom, and despair. … True acceptance of ourselves will only come from our own hearts, not from others.”

“The world consists of the forgotten, lost, mentally, physically and emotionally challenged,” Coleman writes. “‘The Silent Hurt’ gives a ray of sunshine for the one who may think that the dark clouds will never go away.”

“The Silent Hurt”
By Jo Ann Coleman
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 348 pages | ISBN 9781491711330
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5 in | 348 pages | ISBN 9781491711323
E-Book | 348 pages | ISBN 9781491711347
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jo Ann Coleman is a devoted mother and grandmother whose passion is mentoring others, especially children and young people. She has an associate degree in child development and a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services. She currently lives in Texas.

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