Melodies of My Life shares a no-holds-barred coming of age portrait of a young woman who refuses to let a chronic and debilitating illness define who she is or what she can achieve. At thirty-one, author Denedria Banks wears many hats—from daughter to sister to friend; from public speaker to single, fun-loving, independent Black woman; and from medical social worker to woman with a disability.
Each chapter samples the complex chords, harmonies, and disharmonies of her life’s passions. Banks explores various stages that impacted her search for self, including self-love and happiness. She ultimately discovers the true love that comes from putting yourself first, loving your every imperfection, and literally taking each day one step at a time.
In her own words, Denedria provides a rare glimpse into living with a debilitating disease. Doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, students, people with disabilities and their loved ones, and those interested in the human condition will appreciate the journey of this young woman’s life—its darkest hours and brightest successes.
About the Author
Denedria Banks, MSW, ACSW, is a medical social worker, public speaker, and business owner. Although diagnosed at nine with Charcot-Marie-Tooth syndrome, a degenerative nerve disorder, she has beaten the odds and lives independently.