Making lemonade…

A year ago, I wrote a book about my dog, Georgia Grace.  Georgia is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who lives with multiple, serious chronic illnesses including the top 3:  Syringomyelia, Chronic Valvular Heart Disease, and Diabetes.   I was told her life expectancy was three years.  Today, she is 10 years, 6 months and still going strong.  Georgia’s desire to live and my knowledge of chronic illness makes us a dynamic duo for sure.

Her medical costs are basically a second mortgage, so I am currently working full time with 5 part-time jobs to afford to keep her in my life.  Her health is not good for my health, but she is a treasure that I would not trade for the world.

With the upcoming holiday season, I am encouraging anyone who lives with chronic illness to check out our story of unconditional love and overcoming odds.  It’s the perfect gift for kids or anyone who loves animals.  A portion of the proceeds goes to a fund that helps rescue Cavalier King Charles Spaniels get the medical treatments that they need.  It is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.

If you are not in a position to buy a book at this time, please share the link and/or follow our story on facebook:  Making Lemonade with Georgia Grace


I’m so proud of this book.  I never thought I would be able to call myself an author.  Georgia has brought so much into my life that is both tragic and beautiful and I’d like to share our story with the world.

Making Lemonade with Georgia Grace is available at the following retailers:

Amazon (US):

Amazon (UK):

Blurb (direct from publisher and most economical):

Barnes & Noble:

Booktopia (AU):

Thank you for reading my shameless plug.  As Georgia maxes out of her insurance coverage, I’m hoping to increase book sales to help us keep on keeping on.


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Kelly holds masters degrees in both Special Education and Speech-Language Pathology. She works full-time as a speech-language pathologist in both a public school setting and as an adjunct faculty member at a university, in Philadelphia, PA. She specializes in both autism and augmentative/alternative communication and took her skills to Uganda, Africa to start a special needs program for disabled children living in an orphanage in 2011. Kelly began experiencing symptoms of autoimmune arthritis in 1984 (while in her teens) but wasn’t officially diagnosed with autoimmune arthritis until 2001. Her first diagnosis was Sjogren’s syndrome. Eventually her diagnosis was changed to sero-negative RA and now Polyarticular Spondlyoarthropathy. She also manages thyroid disease (resulting from Graves Disease), fibromyalgia, renin-deficient hypertension, and disseminated superficial actinic porokeratosis (DSAP) on a daily basis. Kelly connected with other autoimmune arthritis patients via social media in 2008. She began volunteering with the “Buckle Me UP! Movement”, which evolved into the International Autoimmune Arthritis Movement (IAAM) beginning in 2009. Then became a cofounder of IFAA in 2013. She has represented the ACR on Capitol Hill as an Advocate for Arthritis, was a finalist in Wego Health’s Health Activist Hero awards in 2014, and speaks at various healthcare conferences as a patient advocate in the Philadelphia area.

5 thoughts on “Making lemonade…

  1. Aww little Georgia Grace. I had a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Robbie, who sadly had to be put down several years ago. I loved him dearly and it’s still painful to think of him, I still miss him. He also had various health issues, including arthritis, a heart condition and diabetes, and at the end he lost so much function he was suffering too much and it was too unfair.
    You’re right about the vet bills. It’s lovely you’ve written this book & I wish you all the best with it. I’m so sorry your little Georgia Grace has so much to contend with but it’s incredible she’s 10 and a half and doing well, defying those odds of a 3 year life expectancy  ♥
    Caz xx

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  2. Your Georgia is a sweetheart for sure. You and both very lucky to have each other. I have had 5 Cavaliers in my life and 4 of them pasted away from the heart murmurs. My 5th Cavalier, Maximus, was my little companion, my shadow, my other half developed degenerative myelopathy, he slowly lost the ability to walk and became paralyzed after 18 months from diagnosis. It was heartbreaking and not to be able to do anything was the worse. I understand your fight to keep Georgia going and I wish you all the best. Treasure every moment with her. All the best, Daphsam


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