Heartaches and Miracles

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Heartaches and Miracles is a combination biography, research information and pep talk for anyone suffering with ITP or for family members/friends who want to understand what this disease is all about. You will learn about autoimmune disorders, ITP in particular, while reading the personal accounts from folks stuck on the never ending roller coaster of steroids, surgery, medication and treatments. More

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About Greta Burroughs

Greta Burroughs loves to read. No matter where she is, there is always a book close at hand. Her love of reading began at an early age and blossomed over time to include many different genres, her favorite now being fantasy.
As a preschool and elementary school teacher, Greta tried to instill the joy of reading in the children she worked with. Books were an important part of her classroom and story time was the highlight of the day.
It has been a while since Greta was in a classroom but she had lots of experience in reading to children of various ages and remembers what they enjoyed listening to. She tries to incorporate that knowledge into her work as an author and believes it makes her a better writer of children's and young adult books.
She now resides in SC with her husband, Robert and two dogs. Greta has six books published at the present time; three children’s books in the Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat series, two MG/YA fantasy entitled Gerald and the Wee People and House on Bo-Kay Lane, and a nonfiction account of her experiences with an autoimmune blood disorder called ITP - Heartaches and Miracles.
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Keith Hart reviewed on Aug. 26, 2011

This book provides a firsthand description of a patient's struggles with an unusual blood disorder - ITP. Others with this disease will relate to this story and find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. Readers that know someone with this disease will gain a deeper understanding of the disease and how it affects the patient as well as the people closest to them. Readers that have never heard of ITP before will find this inspirational and educational.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
CathyS reviewed on Aug. 6, 2011

This is an account of the author's experiences with a weird blood disorder called ITP, an autoimmune disease where her immune system is producing antibodies that destroy platelets. I found this very compelling. One doesn't normally pick a book about a rare disease or condition unless suffering from it.....but I found this very interesting indeed. Greta has done an outstanding job of describing the sheer awfulness of it all - despite the despair, heartache, frustration and terror and the other unpleasantness unfortunately happening to those near and dear to her at the same time, she never bogged the reader down with the science of it all and, more poignantly, there isn't a hint of a winge or a moan from her. Greta has a wonderful style of writing and this was a fascinating, comprehensive, but easy-to-read account of her horrible experiences. It was well organised and the anecdotes about her adored four-legged companions were welcome little 'interludes' which made the whole account very readable, but still impacting.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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