Debbie Eiseman


I retired from a long career as a teacher in DeWitt Clinton High School. I was an adjunct instructor for several universities training teachers. My two adult daughters have left the nest and I love to brag about my brilliant eight-year-old grandson. Physical challenges due to the unpredictability of secondary progressive MS have limited my independence and I’ve become more dependent on my wonderful husband and a part-time caregiver. I hate being so dependent but I am forced to accept the reality that I need help. Realizing I’ve entered a new phase in life, I needed something to do to give myself a purpose, a reason to get out of bed.

I turned to writing and acrylic and digital art. So far, I’ve written and published two novels and I’m working on a third. IN A MOTHER’S ARMS a fictional saga about three generations of women from 1882 to 1958. I wrote about the challenges these women faced in the tumultuous first half of the twentieth century. My second novel, PORTRAIT IN DESPERATION, is a romance suspense story. A young Albanian-American girl is forced to marry a sadistic Albanian crime lord. Her innocence destroyed, she flees to another city, takes on a new identity and finds romance.

Now I have a new reason for getting out of bed in the morning. I’ve written several articles for an online newspaper, and will be marketing my novels at the Book Expo in the Jacob Javits Convention Center this Spring. I even have a website,

It is easy to despair when this disease steals very basic abilities away like dressing and self-care. I had to redefine myself. I also had to learn a hard lesson in humility. I need to accept the help of other people to do things for me. It’s a struggle but in many ways, it makes me stronger, more disciplined and grateful for the love and care I receive.


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