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Michelle Beaver

EndoNurse editor Michelle Beaver is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She's won several state and national journalism awards, including a national first-place for in-depth reporting from the Scripps Howard Foundation. She has written for two wire services, several newspapers and magazines.

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As you may have read in the EndoNurse article, "Sterile Processing Advocate Writes Book About End-of-Life Issues," Michele DeMeo, CRCST, CSPDT, a long-time advocate of the central-sterile supply field, has written a book.

DeMeo is highly regarded for her expertise and contributions to healthcare associations and professional publications. She has worked as an independent consultant and as a contributor to national and international sterile-processing standards development. And now, she's facing a new challenge: learning to find peace and live well in the face of a terminal illness. She's sharing this personal experience with the world in her newly published book, “The Beauty of a Slow Death: Understanding Acceptance and Learning to Live Differently Can Lead to Peace."

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2010, DeMeo was faced with the reality that this terminal illness would act quickly. But rather than throwing in the towel and succumbing mentally and emotionally to this debilitating disease, the diagnosis motivated her to live well and enjoy each day.

Some may question why she decided to put her painful experience into words and carve out already limited time to write a book. Her response? If her experience can help even one person live better, especially in the face of a devastating disease or other major life challenge, then the hard work is worthwhile, she said.

Several hundred copies of the book have been sold, and feedback has been positive. Michele is planning on donating a quarter of the proceeds to charity, and the rest will help pay for the staggering cost of home care. When someone is in a very difficult situation, as Michele is, and when they're facing enormous loss, as Michele is, we often wonder if there's anything we can do to help. There always is, but we're not always good at finding what that thing is. In this case, it's very simple, quick and easy: we should buy Michele's book. You can purchase the book here for as low as $8.98. I'm going to buy a copy today, and hope you will too. 

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