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by Rhonda Patzia

Mindfully Unraveling: Body Awareness as I Slip Away testifies to Rhonda Patzia's efforts at body awareness. Facing multiple sclerosis boldly and directly, Patzia explores her kinship with women and reconnects with her vocation as a photographer. This collection of personal writings (journal entries, dream analysis, memoirs, reflections on other authors) expresses not only Patzia's experience with disease, but also how many identities coexist in a woman's powerful body.

Praise for Mindfully Unraveling

"In Rhonda Patzia’s beautifully written memoir, she holds nothing back. It is a vivid, intense, and very courageous journey of self-discovery and revelation in which we experience with her the painful process of making peace with her body. I highly recommend this book; there are lessons in awareness here for all of us, male or female, healthy or sick, able or disabled."

~ Jim Autry, poet, author, lecturer, and former Fortune 500 publishing executive at Meredith Corporation

"Rhonda Patzia’s landmark book is brave, soulful, daring, and beautiful. Her love for living with great embodiment, awareness, and art shines through every passage and each photograph. Her insight, humor, courage, and wisdom make all the writing in this book enduringly essential to anyone with a body."

~ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, poet laureate of Kansas, 2009-2011