So Close to Death Yet So Far Away by Derek C Evans
Growing up Derek Evans was a good student and athlete in a middle-class suburban area in southeastern Pennsylvania. The future looked bright for Derek. After waking up from a nap during his shift as a life guard at the age of seventeen, everything changed. After months of not feeling right and several doctors’ visits, it was determined that Derek was beginning to suffer from a dysautonoima disorder called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (P.O.T.S.). P.O.T.S., sometimes referred to as an invisible illness, is a very unknown yet destabilizing and bizarre syndrome. Derek’s next 8 years became a health roller coaster ride amid remission, relapses, emergency room and doctors’ visits, and several different medications. Despite all this, Derek managed to keep his illness a secret from almost everyone, in fear of being judged and not understood. In October of 2016, Derek worked as an Assistant Branch Manager at Hertz Rent –A- Car. He collapsed inside a body shop during a sales call and woke up in an ambulance being transported to the hospital. After this life changing incident, Derek decided enough was enough and was determined to make major changes. Besides a new career, Derek found a passion to let the truth out about his illness. It was time to bring awareness. In this book, you will find the story of Derek’s battle with P.O.T.S. as well as interviews with mothers of children with P.O.T.S., doctors’ opinions on the illness, and stories of many others suffering from P.O.T.S. You will begin to see life from the eyes of a person suffering from the invisible illness, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Although over one million people worldwide have been diagnosed, there is still little known about P.O.T.S. What is known by those who have it, is at times, they feel like they are so close to dying, yet told they are so far away.
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Five Star Review on Amazon By Ron Acierno
Learned a lot about an illness I never knew about. After reading this I think I may know some people that have this illness that were never diagnosed. Great combination of personal experiences and facts about the disease.You will read stories from all walks of life.
About the Author
Derek Chad Evans was born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania where he currently resides to this day. Derek was born Easter Sunday March 31, 1991 to Lisa Morganti and Chad Evans. Growing up, as early as five years old, when he first started playing youth soccer, Derek found his love for sports. He often dreamed of playing professionally. He always loved helping others and has volunteered and hosted many charity events. At seventeen-years-old he was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which meant his dreams of professional sports would no longer be a possibility. Derek graduated high school from Exeter Township in 2009. During his senior year, he won the Most Outstanding Student in Business Award. He later attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). He graduated in 2014 with a Major in Sports Administration and a minor in Business Management. He worked at the Hertz Corporation in his home town coming out of college, where he worked his way up to Assistant Manager. Derek had to resign from Hertz due to a recent setback in his P.O.T.S. in early October 2016. This was one of the biggest factors in encouraging him to write this book. Derek has recently gotten back on his feet, starting up his own business DEVS LLC and working as a financial advisor for Primerica Financial Services. He also enjoys writing articles for SB Nation. To learn more, you can follow Derek on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat @DerekCEvans, or on Facebook at Derek Evans.
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