Wow, what a turn out! Thank you so much to everyone who contacted their MSP to encourage them to attend. It’s been a huge and exciting experience to organise this event on behalf of Lyme Disease UK and all of your support means so much to me. A massive thank you to all the MSPs who participated, to Alexander Burnett MSP for sponsoring the event and for his continued support for raising awareness for Lyme disease.
Finding Joy has gone into a third print!
I’m very excited to say (especially as today is the first day of Lyme disease awareness month) that Finding Joy has gone back to the printer for a third print run/edition!….and there’s been a redesign of the back cover – can’t wait to show it to you all.
I’m delighted to be giving me frist Waterstones event!
Come along to Waterstones in Inverness at 6pm on the 24th of May 2018 where I’ll be reading from Finding Joy, signing books and answering your questions about Lyme disease.
Can’t wait to see you all.
BY MORVEN-MAY MAcCALLUM
Review by Mavis MacDonald – owner of Nairn Bookshop.
When Morven-May approached me about her book ‘Finding Joy’, I was immediately drawn to her. She was quietly spoken and I found myself listening intently to what she had to say. I knew immediately I wanted to invite her to speak at the shop about her novel and Lyme Disease.
We had an excellent turn out for her. Again, although quietly spoken, she could be heard quite clearly and she had the undivided attention of the audience. Morven-May’s talk was informative and well presented. She took several questions from the audience which she answered and sometimes became discussion points. A very competent and well received speaker.
This book was written as a work of fiction but is very closely linked to Morven-May’s own struggle with the devastating Lyme Disease.
Morven-May takes the reader on a harrowing journey of the young character Joyce. Joyce very quickly transforms from being an energetic teenager to a recluse. Some days she cannot get out of bed or carry out the basics of everyday life e.g. brushing her hair.
Doctors don’t listen to Joyce or her carer Aunt Beth. Generally the doctors and people who know her do not believe the physical and mental agony Joyce is going through. However, one day, she is listened to and life starts to change for her by bringing some light into her now very dark life.
Like her character Joyce, Morven-May missed most of her secondary education which, in my opinion, makes it remarkable that she was able to pen a novel of such quality.
‘Finding Joy’ gives the reader a shocking insight into what it is like for many sufferers of Lyme Disease.
I was really delighted to have been asked to write a piece for Breakspear Medical on Finding Joy, Lyme disease and my recovery! What am amazing group of people who go above and beyond to help others.