Girl from the Tower: Journey of Lies – A Memoir by Joanna Giangardella

TheGirlfromtheTowerBorn in the wake of World War II during a bitter and devastating Civil War in Greece, little Joanna (Yiannoula) Metropoulou lives on the Peninsula of Pergos as a carefree child with her mother, father, sister, and brother. After the death of he father, however, the family begins to understand the cost of political stress within the country. Yiannoula’s mother is forced to make a drastic decision that will change their lives forever.

After much soul searching, Yiannoula’s mother finally agrees to put her youngest daughter up for adoption through a special program inspired by Queen Frederica of Greece and the government of United States. While nine-year old Yiannoula is old enough to participate in the festive farewells and the well wishes of the villagers, she’s young enough to experience anxiety even though she feels like a fairy-tale princess. After all, she is about to embark on a long journey and America has walking and talking dolls, chocolate, and people in America live happily ever after.

Everyone in the village tells her, “Don’t forget Pergos!” Her mother, a fine weaver from Asia Minor, makes her a special bag to carry and a prayer rug for her new mother. “Don’t forget me, Yiannoula,” she says, and both mother and daughter expect their separation to be only temporary. They are sadly mistaken.

Over the three thousand children adopted from Greece during this period are now middle aged. Many were sold, and governments falsified documents so that there was no way to trace their journeys. Those who were babies recall little about the separation from their birth families, but Yiannoula, ten by the time she entered the United States, recalls every detail.

Adopted by a dysfunctional couple of Russia and Bulgarian descent, Yiannoula does not speak English, and her new parents do not speak Greek; nor was speaking Greek allowed between Yiannoula and Peter, a boy adopted previously.

Joanna Giangardella, cancer survivor, artist, and health proponent, is the author of GIRL FROM THE TOWER: JOURNEY OF LIES. She hopes her story will offer emotional support for adoptees wanting to find their biological families so that issues can be resolved and questions answered.

Joann Giangardella is the only one to tell this poignant story. A resident of San Clemente, California, she is, after all, still Yiannoula Metropoulou.

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Dancing SKELETON: A Journey Through Stage IV Cancer

dancing-skeleton-bookStage four cancer is not a death sentence. Stage four cancer is complicated, that frightens both the person diagnosed, care givers, family and friends. I have written a memoir of my success as a cancer survivor, whisking the reader to understand all aspects related to the physical and emotional journey of this disease. I had a rare, unusual type with mistakes and misdiagnosis along the way. It’s problematic for people like me to search and find answers which are not readily available through the medical arena.

It is my interest that “Dancing Skeleton, a Journey through Stage Four Cancer” will give others hope faced with this terminal disease, something that is missed when diagnosed. I have written page-turn complexity of what it takes to recover from chemo to chemo something that is missed both by the medical profession as well as the patient. Dancing Skeleton is a collaboration of Stage four cancer is not a death sentence. Stage four cancer is complicated, that frightens both the person diagnosed, care givers, family and friends. I have written a memoir of my success as a cancer survivor, whisking the reader to understand all aspects related to the physical and emotional journey of this disease. I had a rare, unusual type with mistakes and misdiagnosis along the way.

It’s problematic for people like me to search and find answers which are not readily available through the medical arena. It is my interest that “Dancing Skeleton, a Journey through Stage Four Cancer” will give others hope faced with this terminal disease, something that is missed when diagnosed. I have written page-turn complexity of what it takes to recover from chemo to chemo something that is missed both by the medical profession as well as the patient.

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