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Genevieve: Based on a true story of pain, perseverance, and triumph

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The irony of disease is that it often strikes the right person, not because she deserves to suffer or is unlucky, but because she can endure it. The deeper irony is that she is typically the one person who serves as a source of strength for those around her of lesser fortitude. Genevieve is a historical novel about Genevieve Patrick's trials with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), ...more
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Mary Laurienti and Jerry Laurienti
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Elizabeth
Oct 03, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
The biography of a woman written by her daughter and grandson. Genevieve was 25 y.o. and in her first trimester of her first pregnancy when she was struck with Multiple Sclerosis. This was in the 1930's when little was known about M.S. She was unconscious for a period of time and had a very long recovery. She did carry the pregnancy to term and had a heathy baby boy. She had a few uneventful years with only a few residuals, mainly blurry vision, left from the M.S. attack. When she was pregnant ...more
Beth
Aug 17, 2014 Beth rated it did not like it
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While the story is intriguing and heartfelt, the writing is lacking and does the subject a disservice. There are entirely too many minute details in the book.

The overarching story has the potential to make a good book. Genevieve, the main character, discovers she has MS around the 1930s. She and her family learn how to live with MS while dealing with day to day family issues. She often used the phrase "Mr./Mrs. Can't never tried," to encourage her children to try. She conquered many things in he
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Kathy DeShong
Apr 25, 2015 Kathy DeShong rated it liked it
"Genevieve: Based on a true story of pain, perseverance and triumph" by Mary Laurienti was a predictable, and slow paced novel based on the sad situation of the author's Mother, Gen. It was sad and she made the best of her plight, but it still was slow. It's difficult to write about something exciting when Gen is living in her own hell and making the best of it. I have friends with MS and it is an insidious disease but they experience their exacerbations and remissions and keep persevering on.
Mandy
Apr 06, 2014 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was lucky enough to know Gen, though I was too young to understand her triumphs. I fondly remember visiting her as a child & she always insisted on spoiling me with treats & she was always so lively & animated. She always made me laugh. Every time I would visit her, I would eagerly anticipate her opening that hall closet which is where she stored building blocks! Even as a child, I could feel her passion & enthusiasm for life! It is obvious to me after reading her story, that ...more
Barbara Justiniano
I can't remember how I came across this book, but the reason I purchased it is because someone in our family has MS. I know everyone who has MS suffer though different things in many different ways but I was interested to hear this story and learn more about the illness. The story was very good and kept me interested throughout. I laughed and I cried reading this book. A good read for sure.
Fran  Andrews
Aug 12, 2015 Fran Andrews rated it liked it
Good story.

Very nice story. Would have been better had it been effectively proofread for correct usage of words as well as for spelling. Unfortunately, the obvious errors distracted from the story.
Janet Miller
Nov 01, 2014 Janet Miller rated it liked it
True story as told by Genevieve's daughter about a strong woman who was stricken with MS as a young wife and how she managed to raise her children and take care of her family with the horrible disease as it progressed even more in her middle years.
Lori Conrad
Dec 30, 2013 Lori Conrad rated it it was amazing
Great story

this is a great true story of struggles, love, and family. the strength of this family is unbelievable. highly recommend
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