Triple Organ Transplant: One man's brave journey through life's adversity.
This book is about overcoming all the odds. It is achievement paired with loss, and accomplishment paired with adversity. It is having faith that in all things, even the most challenging and heartbreaking, you can learn and gain something important. It begins with the hope and belief that you can get through anything, even if it’s your only option.
A message from Jim Stavis on writing When Hope Is Your Only Option...
One thing I've learned in my life is that nothing ever stays the same. Change is inevitable - as are the challenges that we encounter. This book embraces adversity as it is a natural part of life and growth. Through my life experience I was confronted with adversity at a young age. I had no choice but to deal with it throughout my entire life. It culminated in a rare triple organ transplant. Though organ transplant is a central theme to the story there is much more for the reader to learn about how they can overcome adversity within their own life. My overall message of hope is one that resonates with readers young and old, male and female. It is a life story worth sharing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jim Stavis was diagnosed with juvenile type I diabetes at age 17. He was told to expect a shortened lifespan with medical difficulties along the way. This medical diagnosis shaped his life in a way that could have led to depression and decay, but instead motivated Jim to rise above the adversity in spite of the dire forecast. It is the lessons learned and the persistent and positive attitude that served as the inspiration for Jim to write his first book aptly named, When Hope is Your Only Option. Jim is happy to share his stories so that the reader can learn and be better prepared for the adversity that they encounter in their life. Jim's story though miraculous on many levels serves to inspire, to instruct and send a message that anything is possible, no matter the odds.
CALABASAS, Calif. – When he was diagnosed with juvenile type 1 diabetes as a 17-year-old and told he’d probably not make it past his 50th birthday, Jim Stavis’ life was changed forever...
“I loved this book. Jim is a very strong and inspirational man. Although he was faced with great adversity he remained positive throughout,and is blessed with a wonderful support group of family and friends. This book is an autobiography of his life to date,what was wonderful about this book also was that throughout telling his story he provides reflective questions for the reader to look at in there own life,it helped me greatly. Thank you Jim for a very inspiring book,thank you also to the publisher and netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.” —Michelle Murray, NetGalley
"I just finished your book. I want to say that the way this book is written gave me perspective and clarity of my own life. I have had my own trials and tribulations, which I certainly can’t compare to yours, but I hope I handled my adversities with grace and hope for the future as well as you did. I cried on many pages, particularly when you describe your recovery from your surgeries. I know this book will be wildly successful. It is not only a book of your story, but inspiration to anyone who has been through trials and tribulations." —Karen
When Jim Stavis was 17, he was told he'd be lucky to live past his 50th birthday. At that time, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Doctors expected him to be plagued by kidney and heart disease, blindness and amputation before succumbing to diabetes at a young age. In December 2017, Stavis—who received three transplants at Cedars-Sinai—celebrated his 63rd birthday.
“This is a fascinating story about the incredible power of our attitude…I will continually come back to the pages of this book in my continuous search for inspiration and hope.”
“Thank goodness Jim is with us to tell this heartwarming and adversity-driven story. Amazing!”
“As a person who suffers from a chronic illness, this book resonated with me on an extremely powerful and emotional level; the diagnosis at such a young age, the “grieving process” that Jim went through and ultimately the moment that he came to accept his diagnosis were incredibly similar to my own.”
"His story is powerful because he never gave up hope throughout facing death by being proactive about doing everything in his power to consult with the best medical providers and doing what they told him. He could have easily given up, but instead persevered by having faith and always having hope."
“This author wrote this book to help other’s who face life-challenging adversity learn from his personal life-threatening challenges that by keeping a positive attitude and using hope as an action verb, we too can overcome our own adversity when facing loss.”
“The author’s bravery and humanitarian qualities are quite impressive and his desire by sharing his story is to selflessly instill in others that not only can you overcome life’s obstacles, but you can thrive and learn from yours.”
“This was such an inspirational read. It contained so many quotes that one could use as personal mantras to get them through difficult situations. If there was one book you should keep in your personal library or purchase to give as a gift, this is just it.”
“Jim is a remarkable person, selfless, loving, empathetic and a real-life inspiration to us all. Jim’s faith was surely tested when he was told three of his organs failed him and would need a transplant.”
“This is definitely a title I would recommend to any who have been diagnosed with a chronic, life-long illness, to any who wish to better understand the topic or to any who wish to better understand a person in their lives who has such an illness.”
"I am glad and feel grateful to this author for sharing his story. It is inspiring to know it is up to us, as individuals, when going through a crisis that we each have strengths to tap into that determine whether we overcome adversity.”
Karen Murphy (Reviewer) has just reviewed When Hope is Your Only Option.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
When Hope Is Your Only Option by Jim Stavis
This author wrote this book to help other's who face life challenging adversity, learn from his personal life threatening challenges, that keeping a positive attitude and by using hope as an action verb, that we too can overcome our own adversity when facing loss. The author's bravery and humanitarian qualities are quite impressive and his desire by sharing his story is to selflessly instill in other's that not only can you overcome life's obstacles, but you can thrive and learn from yours.
At the age of 17 years old Jim Stavis was diagnosed with Type I diabetes. The way that this disease wreaks havoc on the body even when managed well, has me worried because my 20 year old son was also diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 6. They both managed it in the same way by taking insulin shots to correct high blood sugar and also by injecting insulin to cover carbohydrates. This author sounds like he altered his diet by eliminating sugar while my son does not. So I am alarmed by the disease's ability to destroy my son's health when he manages this chronic disease the same way this author did. This author even sounds like he took better care of his diabetes by using the pump that is implanted inside the body which my son refuses to consider because he heard his father say no every time the pump is suggested.
This author was told when he was first diagnosed with Type one diabetes to not expect to live past 50. He is the first one ever to have three successful organ transplants. Although he was active he had to have dialysis for kidney failure three days per week before the age of 50. He also suffered from cardiac failure because his arteries were ravaged by diabetes. He shares how when he was faced with the decision to have a heart transplant, kidney transplant and pancreas transplant how his positive mindset and hopeful outlook enabled him to survive and thrive.
His story is powerful because he never gave up hope throughout facing death by being proactive about doing everything in his power to consult with the best medical providers and doing what they told him. He could have easily given up but instead persevered by having faith and always having hope, And that is his message to us by writing this book and sharing his story, that each of us has a choice when faced with adversity to not get mired down with despair, but take steps to improve our personal challenges, He could have easily died by his life threatening illnesses. Instead he remained hopeful and had faith in modern medicine by trusting his doctors and he hopes by sharing his story that he will inspire other's to face life's adversities by taking action and never losing hope.
I am glad and feel grateful to this author for sharing his story. It is inspiring to know that it is up to us as individuals when going through a crises that we each have strengths to tap into that determine whether we overcome adversity. To know that we will all inevitably will be tested during our lives by loss or change to our circumstances and it is the choices we make that determines our outcomes. By keeping a positive attitude and never losing hope by taking action steps and choosing to take responsibility towards our adversity lies within each one of us. Thank you Jim Stavis for being generous to share your story and inspiring in us that with hope we can overcome that which is in our power to change,
Thank you to Net Galley, Jim Stavis and Dog Ear Publishing for providing me with my digital copy for a fair and honest review.
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