I am choosing to share intimate personal experiences with you which are not normally disclosed. Please allow others with genetic disease in their families to continue with their private lives. Find out more at Genetic Etiquette at http://katepreskenis.com/welcome/genetic-etiquette/
A guillotine hovers above me, threatening my hopes and dreams, including marriage, children, and career. I am 35. My book, The Gene Guillotine: An Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Memoir, is about being the third generation in a family affected by early-onset Alzheimer's disease. My mother’s symptoms began at 48, and she established a proactive and controversial living will, insisting on dying on her own terms rather than lingering for years in a vegetative body the way my grandmother died.
The National Institute of Health found the mutated gene that stalks our biological makeup. 20/20, PBS, and The Leeza Show have featured my family (the Noonan family). I live under my own magnifying glass, a constant examination of my memory, choice of words, and emotional state. Now, through the crystal ball of genetics, I can find out my future.
THE SYNOPSIS AND EXCERPTS OF MY BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT http://katepreskenis.com/the-gene-guillotine/
MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING FAMILY HISTORY AND MEDIA, CAN BE FOUND AT http://katepreskenis.com/.
My goal is to publish my book, The Gene Guillotine, in January 2011. The timing is significant as CNN is airing a documentary in 2011 on early-onset Alzheimer's in which my family and I are interviewed. I would like my book ready for sale before the CNN documentary airs. I am a waitress and do not have the funds to publish this book on my own.
I will finalize the book’s cover and interior layout and then edit the manuscript. After the book is formatted, I will have it proofread again for any additional mistakes or formatting errors. Meanwhile, I will be asking for reviewers to read and write comments on the book and for promotion on my website. At this time, I am planning to self-publish this book. It will be for sale on my website, Amazon, and ebook sites.
My hope is that this book will do the following:
* help families affected by Alzheimer's disease and people who suffer from genetic mutations to feel less alone and help normalize their emotions.
* educate physicians, researchers, and the general public about the effect of genetic mutations and the turmoil associated with the possibility of knowing one's genetic inheritance.
* show love in care-giving for Alzheimer's patients.
* show both the importance and difficulty of honoring living wills.
* increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and prompt more funding for Alzheimer's research to find a cure.
Your monetary support will be utilized for interior book design and formatting, book cover design, final editing of the proof, purchase of ISBN numbers, ebook conversions, review copies, shipping for review copies, printing and mailing press release packages, promotion postcards, PayPal setup, website adjustments, marketing, Kickstarter and Amazon fees, and a FIRST PRINT RUN!!! Yahoo! Thank you!
I hope you will also be my voice to your part of the world. I appreciate your emails, phone calls, social media support, and good old-fashioned face-to-face coffee conversations to spread the word about my book, The Gene Guillotine.
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*A special thanks to the film production company for generously donating their time and talent to create my video and profile shots. It's a treat I would not otherwise have been able to afford.
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