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The fight to live told in new book

Flower Mound, TX (BlackNews.com) — Have you ever heard of a child surviving five strokes, five seizures and three aneurisms and live to tell about it? Most likely not, but Chelby Cymone Terrell is a child who did.

Author Brenda Anderson Parker will share her granddaughter Chelby’s story at a book signing party for her new book, The Lessons of Chelby: A Real Life Story, to be held on Sunday, June 24, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Bishop Lynch High School, located at 9750 Ferguson Road in Dallas, Texas.

This event will be free and open to the public. It will feature 10¬-year-old Chelby – who at 19 months old – suffered her first stroke associated with brain Arterio-Venous Malformation (AVM), a disease that she and her family would fight to overcome with the help of the nation’s top medical professionals and the power of faith.

AVM is an abnormal connection between arteries and veins, and is typically congenital. According to the American Stroke Association:

AVM occurs in less than one percent of the population . . . More than 50 percent of patients with AVM have an intracranial hemorrhage. Among AVM patients, 20 percent to 25 percent have focal or generalized seizures. . . . Fifteen percent may have difficulty with movement, speech and vision. . . . The chance of a brain AVM bleeding is 1 percent to 3 percent per year. Over 15 years, the total chance of an AVM bleeding into the brain – causing brain damage and stroke – is 25 percent.

This event will increase awareness of AVM and its ongoing advancements, as well as how attendees may offer support to families and the medical community who care for children like Chelby.

The Lessons of Chelby: A Real Life Story is available for purchase at Amazon, AuthorHouse (publisher), Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and The Book Depository. Retail: $15 (paperback and e-book).

About Brenda Anderson Parker

With over 20 years of experience in business, training and motivational speaking, Brenda Anderson Parker is a speaker and writer who inspires people to make change so that they can win in everyday living.

For more information, visit www.TheInspirationalWoman.com

Photo Caption: Author, Brenda Anderson Parker

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