About the Book
"Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope?
A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life… and her family waited.
Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn’t feel half of her face, couldn’t hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn’t even tell anyone that she felt hopeless… or could she?
Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles.
Helo’s story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo’s story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn’t need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope.”
"Christian readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman.” — Kirkus Review
About the Author
Helouise “Halo” Matzelle was born in the city of Delft, Holland on October 19, 1964. Three months after her birth, Helo immigrated to the United States with her parents. Boarding a ship, they traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Chicago with only two hundred dollars to their name. Her parents experienced discrimination as a result of their mixed marriage, which was illegal in eighteen states at the time. But her mom and dad loved each other, and they knew that Helo needed a sibling. In August 1966, her brother Henk was born. A few months later, she and her family moved to Seattle, Washington, where her father became a physics professor. Seven years later, they moved to Florida so that he could attend medical school; then they moved back home to Seattle.
Helo graduated from the University of Washington where she met her best friend and husband. The first time she met him, she thought he was handsome. The second time she met him, she was impressed that he had remembered her name. The third time, she thought he was cute and funny but way too playful and totally “not her type.” She was wrong about that. On April 22, 1989, Rich and Helo got married. He started his career with IBM right after college. Meanwhile, Helo worked multiple part-time jobs for months before landing a position with Bristol-Myers Squibb, a worldwide pharmaceutical company, marketing prescription medications to doctors and their staff.
Shortly after Helo had her first precious child, Lauren, she became a stay-at-home mom. Helo and Rich wanted to have more children but conceived and lost several. Later they were blessed with two amazing sons: Jordan and Austin.
Halo Found Hope: A Memoir by Helo Matzelle will touch and inspire the heart of its readers. In this memoir, Helo shares her life changing story as she depicts the process of healing and relying on her faith after a brain tumor removal. Life is not always easy. Sometimes it throws you a curve ball. Halo’s story teaches that above all else don’t give up, have hope, rely on your faith and in God. I would recommend this novel to readers that enjoy a thoroughly heart-warming and inspiring story that will help bring the meaning of life a bit more to light.
Genre: non-fiction; memoir; inspirational
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Publication date: October 10, 2014
Number of pages: 222
Content Rating: PG
Book Rating: 5 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Celebrate Lit.
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