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When cirrus clouds are close to the sun, lights glint off the ice in the clouds and form little rainbows, creating the beautiful phenomenon known as a Sundog, a weather sign that when spotted means the weather will change within 48 hours. Though Sharon Baldacci is no longer able to enjoy the spectacle of Sundogs, as multiple sclerosis has impaired her vision, she has taken this remarkable symbol of transition and used it to convey the glimmers of hope that grow brighter through faith.

Diagnosed with MS two dozen years ago, Sharon has collected her personal experiences and channeled them into an inspiring novel about an audacious woman diagnosed with MS who must face a new and difficult journey. A Sundog Moment brings to life what it's like to live with a disease whose hallmark is unpredictability and whose varying symptoms forecast a life of change either for good or ill, for the person with the disease. Throughout her novel, Baldacci demonstrates that nothing can defeat one's spirit as long as you hold on tight to your faith. By writing from the vantage of her own personal understanding of MS, Baldacci encourages others to remember what is truly important in life and helps alter the perception of those living with MS.

Published by Warner, A Sundog Moment, elevates anew the MS story into mainstream literature once again helping to broaden the understanding of both the disease and the person challenged by the disease.

Sharon Baldacci is the sister of number one New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci, and both are actively involved with the National MS Society. In addition to re-starting the newsletter for her Central Virginia Chapter, Sharon is also instrumental in both organizing and participating in her local Walk MS event. Sharon also plans to host a book signing party at the Central Virginia Chapter. David also offers his support to the Central Virginia Chapter, and has served on the board of his local chapter.

With a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Virginia Commonwealth University, Sharon has always had a natural talent for writing. She has written for publications such as the Herald-Progress and Richmond Magazine, among many others until the fatigue brought on by her MS made it impossible for her to "chase stories" any longer. She suddenly found her physical mobility was limited and she was considered legally blind after losing nearly 50% of her vision in both eyes. In time, she regained her vision and a walking cane gave her back some physical independence. Then, what first appeared to be a disappointing set-back in her writing career, proved to be a true blessing in disguise, as Sharon has been able to change her life for the better. By shedding life's distractions and focusing on what is important to her and her family, Sharon has demonstrated that with her faith in God and her own talents, her dreams are still within reach.

Sharon currently resides in Virginia with her husband, Randy, and their two sons, Patrick and Blake, ages twelve and sixteen. She is a member of the Virginia Press Women, and has won awards from both them and the Virginia Press Association. For the time being, she is enjoying the success of her novel and has future plans to write a sequel. Her second book will highlight the important issues surrounding the lack of health insurance for those fighting the sometimes debilitating and chronic diseases like MS.

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