FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 27, 2016
Contact: Rebecca VanDeMark
First Spiritual Book on Hope for Lyme Patients Released
Path of Hope, by: Rebecca VanDeMark
At a recent Lyme Disease conference it was stated that “Lyme Disease is the growing epidemic and health crisis of the 21st century”. While not well known and maybe not well handled there are hundreds of thousands of Lyme Warriors that struggle each day just to live. Many of them cannot get out of bed due to extreme and debilitating fatigue and pain. Many are lying in hospital beds with doctors who don’t know what to do. Many others are struggling emotionally under the weight of loss. Many others feel completely isolated and forsaken. In the midst of all of this there is a voice and a helper that calls through the dark night and says that He will never abandon or forsaken us. But in the midst of sickness and pain it is hard to sometimes know how to celebrate the holiday season.
“Path of Hope”, written by Rebecca VanDeMark, is a thirty-one topic prayer and reflection devotional for those fighting Lyme Disease and their loved ones specifically addressing the topic of hope. Spoken from a heart of compassion and understanding, Rebecca understands the Lyme Disease journey well as she saw over 273 medical practitioners before being correctly diagnosed with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease.
Rebecca states in her introduction, “The book that you hold in your hand has been written from my heart. I found out I had Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease the day after my 33rd birthday. For the previous six years prior to that day I had experienced a myriad of intricate and confusing health symptoms that never made sense to any doctor. I had spent hundreds of hours traveling across the United States talking and consulting with some of the best in the country. No answers came and I was eventually told that either (a) this was “in my head”, (b) I had a very “complex case” of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (for which I had been diagnosed for) or (c) “stress was contributing to these issues”. Finally, after seeing 273 doctors in one year, seven years of searching, hundreds of invasive and painful tests, and thousands of prayers, I was correctly and accurately diagnosed with Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease. On this journey with our disease we may experience feeling hopeless about the present and the future, but our God of hope quietly and tenderly reminds us to hope even when everything feels hopeless. I have always found great comfort in the Psalms, but none so much as since this journey began. As I approach another anniversary of when this season began and everything was shattered, I look back on the now tattered pages of the book of Psalms in my Bible with a smile. These 150 chapters have provided much comfort and hope, especially on days where I felt I could do nothing but cry.”
"Path of Hope: Daily Reflections on Hope from the Psalms for the Lyme Disease Journey " (ISBN: 0-9975361-9-5) is an 92 page devotional. “Path of Hope: Daily Reflections on Hope from the Psalms for the Lyme Disease Journey” can be purchased where books are sold, including Amazon. Rebecca VanDeMark is an author of three previous books, Praying through Lyme Disease, When Light Dawns, and Prayers for the Single Journey. She is also a blogger, and speaker and can be found at her website: www.rebeccavandemark.com and her blog: www.caravansonnet.com.