I am excited to share that this first book collaborative is officially full and now closed to new authors.  
However, a waitlist is running.  If you are interested in participating in the second book 
(should there be enough interest) please click to join the waitlist.  
Thank you to all the current authors who are helping to write this book.
09/01/22 - Amy Sameck

When I acquired facial paralysis via Shingles, there were limited resources for support, physically and emotionally, especially from people who were sharing their stories of recovery. 

With the onset of COVID-19, non-emergent medical support was almost nonexistent which made finding a physical therapist challenging. 

Nearly eight months post-onset, finally found the resource book, Fix My Face, and my physical therapist, Jodi Barth, with the Center for Facial Recovery in a Facebook group. 

This is when I began to put together my own team of professionals and resources to assist in my recovery. 

During my journey, I noticed there was a gap in the market for qualitative storytelling that could benefit the emotional and psychological needs of those suffering from facial paralysis. 

Thus, my vision for this book collaborative.  

This book will

raise awareness, give hope, and inspire.

Why publish a book about facial palsy?

To give people who have experienced facial palsy the opportunity to feel seen and heard by sharing with the world their unbelievable story of tragedy and triumph. 

For people to believe in the power of healing through the courage to share their stories, and that their sharing can help others to heal.  

To inspire others to do more and be more for themselves and for others. To encourage readers that there is hope, healing, and happiness in their future.

The Hunt for My Smile Book Collaborative will:
- Be professionally edited
- Be professionally proofread
- Have a professionally designed cover
- Be self-published with the generous support of the 
  Foundation for Facial Recovery.

I've done this before...
My story of Ramsay Hunt
The Truth About Finding Joy in the Darkness
In the fall of 2021, a book called The Truth About Finding Joy in the Darkness was published by Meggan Larsona best-selling author, and publisher. 

I was one of the authors in her book! 

had the opportunity to share my story of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome and how I walked through that devastating diagnosis and somehow ended up defying depression and finding joy again.  

It was my first book collaboration. I had no idea when I participated in this collaboration that I would experience the amount of internal healing that I did.  And, although the healing was internal, I have had many people say to me in the last few months that my smile is bigger and more "normal" and that I "look like" me again. The external healing seems to be a byproduct of the internal, which really began after I shared my story!

I believe this is a direct result of sharing 
my story for all to read.

Click the picture to purchase the book.

   Click the picture for more about 
"The Day my Face Fell".

To say I am proud of my first book is an understatement. It was a huge success from the start and reached #1 New Release in at least FIVE categories, as well as, reached #1 Best Seller in ONE category.  It also has a number of 5-star reviews.

I was so excited to read my name on the front cover as a published author, but the first time I signed a copy of my book for my oldest friend, received a picture from my mom holding my book, and received a message from another friend praising the book, I couldn't believe the good that had come from so much pain. 

That experience gave me the know-how, confidence, and desire to move forward with a book collaborative focused on raising awareness of facial palsy.  
But MY story isn't unique! 

This book needs YOUR VOICE to make an impact on Facial Palsy awareness and recovery.  Being a best-selling author may not be a reason for you to do this, but knowing that your story will help someone who comes behind you through the devastation of losing their smile to find their own is definitely worth it!  
  An excerpt from my chapter in: The Truth About Finding Joy in the Darkness

November 10, 2019, 3 years, and 11 months after my life was destroyed 
by an unwanted divorce, I woke up to an odd sensation on the left side of my face. 
It is best described as the “wearing-off” of Novocaine.  

This was the first clue that half my face had quite literally begun to fall. I no longer had 
control over the muscles. This meant no smile, no blink, no raising my eyebrows. 
It also meant many symptoms no one else could see.  

There had been a migraine and a 3-day earache leading up to this, 
but I wasn’t prone to earaches, nor was I prone to facial paralysis, so I didn’t know 
to be concerned about it.  At times, it felt like someone was driving nails into 
my skull behind my ear and with every swing of the hammer, pulses of electricity 
were shooting into my brain, face, neck, and down my back. My body jerked with every jolt. 

The pain was beyond a 10, it was at a 100. I didn’t know it then, 
but that pain was my warning that Ramsay Hunt Syndrome was coming 
and I was headed straight for my mind’s jail to keep me safe while I made sense of things.

Let's Raise Awareness

The generous support of the 
makes this book a reality for you to venture 
down the road of published author and to 
experience the healing that comes from 
writing your story for others to read.   

 Want to get involved? 

Click the button below to fill out your application and learn more about this passion project!  The application is short and sweet, mostly contact info so I can get in touch with you and a little more info to help answer questions you may have.

What's in it for you?
 Being in the book collaboration The Hunt for My Smile will give you the opportunity to:

  • Heal - Writing is a well-known way for people to release the hurt, sorrow, and sadness that comes from trauma. Heal through your writing to help someone else in the future.

  • Raise AwarenessYou will be able to say that you helped bring the facts and emotional recovery from Facial Palsy to others from the perspective of someone living it.  

  • Become Published - You will be able to call yourself a published author and this is a great way to dip your toes into the writing world before you write your own book.
  • Service and Giving BackGive hope and confidence to others that they will survive and find a new normal.  Be a part of the movement to help others regain some control of what they lost when facial palsy struck and stole their smile away.

My plan is that this will be the FIRST in a series of books, CREATED and DESIGNED for people all-around-the-world living with facial paralysis to share THEIR stories of trial and triumph.

Also included to enrich your experience:  
  • a Facebook page for authors where you will receive support, encouragement, and help when writing your story, 
  • you keep all rights to your chapter and reuse how you wish (maybe write your own book), 
  • opportunities to share more about yourself in an author interview with Barbie Wharton
  • ease and peace of mind knowing all you do is write your story and it is published for a community of people to read.
I look forward to you joining me in raising awareness
about facial palsy and inspiring hope and healing in others.

Who am I?
My name is Amy Sameck and I am a determined entrepreneurial single mom, who has recently decided to create my life and become a published author. 

I hold a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling, I am a payroll coordinator for two companies, I've successfully created an online business tutoring students around the world, and have facial palsy due to Shingles attacking my facial nerve in November 2019.

As I Am,
Amy S

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