Hope Within Me

A Memoir of Friendship, Courage, Overcoming Struggle, & Healing

by James Valencia



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/14/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781665512879
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781665512886
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 354
ISBN : 9781665513142

About the Book

AT FOURTEEN YEARS OLD and deeply rooted in faith, family, and friends in a small Southern California town, James Valencia was diagnosed with Epilepsy, a seizure and neurological disorder. It seemed like a heavy burden upon his shoulders at such a young age. As he and his parents tried to get him the medical care he desperately needed, he was put through many Anti-Epileptic medications throughout his journey with Epilepsy. Some failing and other working. The constant torture of never knowing when a seizure would occur overwhelmed him. He needed to choose between giving up his faith and hope or decide whether he was going to trust it would be okay. By examining the battles of his life over the years he has lived with his diagnosis, James traces the complexity of his health and the journey it has taken him on. He is able to find the love and support within his friends, family, community, and himself. Despite the heartbreaks, tears, and trials he has endured, he finds hope in the shimmer of light barely left for him to see. This memoir is a testament to the love and hope that survives all the battles that were placed upon him.

About the Author

JAMES VALENCIA graduated with his Bachelor of Music in Education & Voice Performance, as well as a Master of Arts in Education for Learning & Teaching. He currently sings in a professional choir in Southern California, where he also teaches music and choir. Valencia devotes his time advocating for Epilepsy awareness and is a strong voice for those in the Epilepsy community. He participates in multiple Walk to End Epilepsy walks to raise awareness, and consistently helps raise funds for different organizations to help find a cure for Epilepsy and seizures.