Diann Shaddox is a Native American Indian and a member of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma and she has Essential Tremors. She’s an award-winning author of A FADED COTTAGE, a SC love story about a man with Essential Tremors; WHISPERING FOG, a time travel romance; MIRANDA, a historical fiction, a journal of a young girl living in the late 1800’s; and SPRITS OF SACRED MOUNTAIN, about a young Native American Indian boy’s life spinning out of control and a magical mountain with deep hidden secrets.
Diann Shaddox is the Founder of Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor, a Non-Profit 501c(3) public organization committed to help people struggling with Essential Tremor.
Diann was born on December 18th in a small southern town of Nashville, Arkansas, the youngest and only daughter of William and Mary Ann. But, fate stepped in and William, a crop-duster, at the age of 25, died in a plane crash on November 20th, a month before she was born, therefore, Diann was never able to meet her father. Mary Ann, who grew up in Miami, Oklahoma, moved back to Miami after William’s death, where Diann lived until her mother died when she was only 3 years old. Diann then moved to Nashville, Arkansas to live with her grandparents. At the age of 10, Diann’s Granddad Holt died of a stroke, leaving her grandmother alone to see to her. Diann learned from an early age about death and how life should not be squandered. Her Mamow Holt, who had lost her right hand in an accident at a factory in Nashville, Arkansas, taught her, you never give up. Her grandmother never let anything stand in her way. She taught herself to write, cook, and even how to sew and make quilts with her left hand, without any prosthetics. Being handicapped was a word she never used. Growing up in a small town was wonderful, learning to fish, growing a garden and the most important thing, patience of a grandmother. Stories from the past evolved of family bringing many stories to life. Sitting out late at night on cool summer evenings, swinging on an old swing staring up at the stars helped Diann’s vivid imagination grow.
On May 20, 2014, Diann’s son Richard died of a brain tumor.
She has an enthusiasm for travel and living life to its fullest. You have only one life and shouldn’t waste it. The zest for meeting and getting to know people is a very important component in her life. She is a believer of herbs, natural and organic foods, and a big supporter of Bio-identical Hormones and keeping our planet green. Diann has lived in eight great states, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, and Florida. South Carolina is now her home. www.diannshaddox.com
Diann Shaddox is President/ Founder of Diann Shaddox Foundation and author of ‘A Faded Cottage’ a South Carolina love story about a man with Essential Tremor. Diann has been an activist for ET for the last few years and been working to bring awareness to the world through ‘A Faded Cottage’ as SC love story about a man with ET.
I was in my early twenties when life changed for me. My hands began to shake when I’d do tedious work. No one, not even doctors, could figure out what was happening to me and they, the doctors, believed I was nervous, and just needed to calm down.
One day, standing at the post office window in Louisville, Kentucky changed my world. A simple form containing my name and address, I wasn't able to fill out. That one day I had to find my answers. A neurologist finally made the discovery that I had Essential Tremors.
Not letting anything deter me, I continued life with the determination I’d learned from my grandmother. I was unrelenting to do tedious work like counted cross-stitch on linen, and playing the piano even with trembling hands. It was as if my mind would relax letting my hands work without thinking. I've learned how to hide my hands out in public and how to grip my drinking glass with both hands, and how to use my body for cover as much as possible.
Things seemed to be working for years, but on my birthday, December 18th, 2010 my hands were shaking uncontrollably, 2010 had been a year when many people began to question and stared at me wondering why I was nervous or thinking maybe, I was just weird. Being out in public was difficult, the stares were tough, and once more, the simple feat of filling out forms was devastating. Even being in a doctor's office was difficult as they questioned why I was so nervous, giving me stares.
That night of December 18th I sat in my office at home, anger grew watching my hands quiver, and for once in my life I felt sorry for myself. The question of why, a question without an answer played in my mind. Being a writer the words began to flow and Quaid Witherspoon, a famous artist, was born. A man who had everything or so he thought, but now his hands had deserted him and his life of painting had ceased, becoming a bitter man. The story of Quaid Witherspoon, the novel 'A Faded Cottage', became an incredible love story, one about strength of mind to fight fate and never accept what life throws at you.
Through this process of bringing A Faded Cottage to life, I have learned so very much. Finding the ET Facebook groups, talking, listening to everyone’s stories so similar to mine at book signings, has brought calmness to my life. We have to tell others about ET, so people with ET aren’t sitting alone wondering why this is happening to them.
Even though the stares will forever be, I won’t give up. Now, I’m even more determined the word will spread about Essential Tremor and I’m going to help make it happen. For each book sold of “A Faded Cottage,” a net portion of the sales will go to Diann Shaddox Foundation.
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