A Newton Stewart woman who has refused to let her illness define her has written a touching account of life from her perspective.
Twenty-four year old Sammi Wood from Newton Stewart has spent the last eight years writing the book, entitled, ‘Given Up For Dead’, which gives the reader an insight into how she survived encephalitis which left her with a weakness in her left side, and how she copes with her epilepsy.
Sammi, who is well known in the area for her poetry will be selling her book, which she has published herself, at the switching on of the Newton Stewart Christmas Lights on Sunday, November 29 in Victoria Street.
Sammi said : “I am pleased with the book. I have wanted to do this for a while but I don’t really know what people will think.
“I got help from Jayne Baldwin who proof read the book and also from one of my tutors at Stranraer College Julia MacDonald who helped me a lot.”and it was John Burns who has done all the printing of my book for me.
The book also contains a collection of Sammi’s poetry and recalls her amazing battle with both her disability and the elements when she climbed Cairnsmore on foot with the help from the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team in June 2014.
With such a talent, when asked if there will be any more books in the pipeline, Sammi replied: “Watch this space!”
Author and Galloway Gazette columnist Jayne Baldwin said: “ Sammi’s book is a very really real reflection of her personality - brave and determined. This young woman has had more than her fair share of challenges in her life but she’s met them head on and this book is the realisation of a long held ambition. She is to be hugely admired and applauded for a book that is both moving and also filled with humour.”