Strength of the Human Spirit Overcomes Blindness in New Memoir

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Author Maria Federici (Doyle) shares her real life story in “Obstacles . . . Bring ’Em”

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According to the World Health Organization, blindness or the inability to see may come in different forms: chronic, age-related, diabetes-related, blindness and infection-related. Three-quarters of all blindness can be prevented or treated, as some develop gradually over a lifetime. However, when a traumatic accident causes sudden visual impairment, patients oftentimes find it harder or longer to accept. Author Maria Federici (Doyle) courageously embraces her condition after a terrible accident and brought her story of overcoming this challenge in the newly published autobiography entitled Obstacles . . . Bring ’Em.

This is the remarkably inspiring story of the author, a young woman whose life changed on a February night in 2004. Late in the evening, she was coming home late from work when, from a trailer a good distance in front of her an item of unsecured furniture fell off and broke apart, sending a large piece of particle board catapulting through her windshield, striking her head. The resulting trauma from massive brain, head and eye injuries caused her complete blindness. This is Federici’s (as well as her family’s) story of survival, recovery and rebuilding life by taking some of the most challenging obstacles and learning to overcome them.

Obstacles . . . Bring ’Em is a real life story told from the perspective of the victim. Its underlying theme is the true strength of the human spirit as demonstrated by Federici’s unrelenting determination. It serves as a shining example for readers who need encouragement in how to face, fight obstacles and never give up. As she lives life to the fullest after the accident, Federici looks forward to the day when things like stem cell study provides a cure for vision loss. “Be strong. Let nothing hold you down!” says the author.

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About the Author
Maria Federici (Doyle) lives in Seattle with her husband and three dogs. She lives independently and enjoys life to the fullest even though she is permanently blind and will continue to have ongoing reconstructive surgeries through life as needed. She continues to have obstacles placed in front of her and looks forward to knocking them down.

Obstacles . . . Bring ’Em * by Maria Federici (Doyle)
Publication Date: July 26, 2013
Trade Paperback; $10.00; 100 pages; 978-1-4836-7359-2
Trade Hardback; $20.00; 100 pages; 978-1-4836-7360-8
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-7361-5

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