Ms. Handy Hussey who was born in Jamaica migrated to the United States some thirty one years ago where she pursued a career as a nurse. Her memoir outlines the challenges she encountered when, in a twist of fate, she found herself on the opposite end of that profession after being diagnosed with a rare cancer, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
From the start of the event, the Literary Committee’s commitment to showcasing young talent from around Franklin Township was evidenced by the appearance of young pianist Bryce Gray who confidently and effortlessly entertained the crowd on that medium. He was immediately followed by high school poet, Orobosa Asemota, whose contributions to the event held the crowd’s attention on topics such as the debilitating effects of social anxiety.
The main attraction for the afternoon Ms. Donna Handy Hussey did not disappoint. Her gracious demeanor and her optimism captivated audience members who appreciated, among other things, her reading an excerpt from the beginning of her book about summer activities she and her friends indulged in while growing up in her native Jamaica. This choice of excerpt was a pleasant surprise for the audience as it injected an unexpected lightness around the very difficult topic of Ms. Handy Hussey’s memoir.
Ms. Handy Hussey’s focus on the importance of having the support of the friends and family whenever one faces a health or other challenge was well received. This type of support, she stated, was instrumental in helping her through the obstacles she encountered on her journey. Questions from the audience revealed that a second book by Ms. Handy Hussey is in the works.
Donna Handy Hussey’s memoir “His Mercy Endureth” is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Event summary written by Lisa Browne.
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