Hello. I am making this topic because I want a little help focusing on writing a book about my life surviving with a complex heart and lung condition. I was born with what is known as tetrology of fallot with pulmonary valve atresia in 1982. I was the third person ever treated for the condition and the first to ever survive. My lungs are also half the normal size with all circulation to my right lung being artificially created with what is known as a BT Shunt. I have always wanted to write this book just to tell my story and give whatever help I can to those who are going through something similar, if only to let them know that someone else has gone through it before them and survived. I have had a few false starts thus far but I feel I am finally ready to pull this off. I am disabled and while I was able to work for a number of years I am no longer able to hold down a traditional job due to my condition degrading. My last attempt ended with me getting three different jobs within three months only to be able to work for 3-4 days and then have to recover in bed for the next week each time. I am sitting at home taking care of the housework on Social Security Disability while my wife works and goes to college in order to pay most of the bills. I cover rent and a few of the utilities and her income has to cover everything else including health insurance for us both. I want to try and make it easier on her, pay off a few past due medical bills, and have a little bit of a savings like a normal person. I figured I would start off about my earliest life and memories growing up in a trailer park in the woods outside of a small Midwestern town with my mother who had to support me, my sister, and my manic depressive abusive father. I intend to include both the good times and the bad because there were honestly and equal amount of both. I would then move onto entering school and truly beginning to understand and being forced to come to terms with how different I was from everyone else. As one example there was the event where I blacked out due to heart complications in early first grade during recess which directly lead to me being banned from recess and gym forevermore and instead spending that time in the library. Many of my early childhood memories are filled with the hours I spent there exploring the world through books and the early Apple IIe computer systems that were available to me. In hindsight there is no wonder I grew to be a nerd who spends most of his free time playing video games or reading even at the age of 32. There would also be a chapter on my teenage years which improved remarkably when my mother remarried to a wonderfully nice man who adopted my sister and I as his own. His family is mostly gone now but they were all wonderful loving people. I especially grew close to his father, an elderly southern man who passed away in his mid 80s that had spent his life working himself to the bone for his family on a cotton gin and who never met a stranger. There is still an ongoing joke in the family. "How many stories can an old man of 86 tell you? One! Over and over and over again!" Then of course there were my twenties marked by sadness, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The catalyst for which was an inability to have an honest chance to earn a living during my early twenties and to find a woman who would accept me due to my health even when I was fully employed in my mid and late twenties. Overall age 20-28 was a very dark time for me and frankly I almost did not make it through it. Even though the worse of it was over when I finally met the woman who became my wife when I was 28 from then on I have dealt with my further declining health and learning to deal with spending what should be my most productive years in a forced early retirement. That is what this is, a final attempt to resist this forced early retirement while I still might have even a remote chance of doing so. My wife is an English major with some writing and editing experience and can and will act as an editor for this book to ensure that the quality is there. Once complete I figured I would sell it as an ebook first but try to get it published shortly after completion. Any help, insight, or advice you might have would be greatly appreciated. I have never done this before but I really want and need this to succeed.