Forever Yours

A Sufferer of a Cruel Degenerative Condition Finds Her Voice

by Jane Maxwell



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/16/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781973611257
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781973611271
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 204
ISBN : 9781973611264

About the Book

Having been effectively silenced by her illness for many years, Jane’s ability to communicate was restored in 2011, through technological advances that enabled her to ‘speak’ via a computer, using very slight movements of her chin. The assistive technology Jane received changed her life dramatically and gave her real hope for the final five years of her life. Being able to communicate again in writing, after so many years, meant everything to Jane. In the midst of losing her voice, her hearing, and the use of her arms and hands, Jane decided to write a memoir: her story, in her own words. Forever Yours had been the inscription Jane and her husband Alan had chosen for their engagement rings back in 1977. Jane’s book was to be “a love story but with a twist”. Together, and in faith, Jane and Alan were to learn that the deepest joy can come from the darkest of places, including in times of trial and pain.

About the Author

Jane Maxwell suffered from a progressive neurological condition known as Friedreich’s ataxia. Unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair as a teenager, her condition worsened, slowly but cruelly, as each year passed. In spite of her problems, Jane graduated from university, married, had a baby, and travelled the world. The painstakingly slow nature of the deterioration, over decades, made each successive loss all the more devastating as Jane’s ability to walk, stand, dress, wash, push her own wheelchair, hold a pen or cup, type, feed herself, speak, hear and communicate all went in turn. Losing speech and hearing were, for Jane, the most isolating and distressing symptoms of all.