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At age 37, in peak physical condition & at the height of his corporate IT career, Matt seemed to have it all: a lovely wife, a high-profile career & active involvement in the community. But over a span of about eight months, he went from playing daily tennis matches & running 12 miles a week, to barely being able to climb a flight of stairs; & just weeks after his 38th birthday, he received a dreadful diagnosis that would forever change his life. The book hit #18 on Amazon's Hot 100 list!
In “From Fear to Faith: A Survivor’s Story” Talford, who retired from Microsoft at the age of 40, takes what he calls a “calculated risk,” veering away from the traditional memoir style by crafting his story as a saga.
Talford takes you through his early thoughts and fears regarding “the c-word,” then illustrates how he used the skills he learned and practiced daily during his 16-year career in information technology to carefully create a plan to help him see his diagnosis as “just another complex computer issue” that needed to be resolved quickly and completely.
“We weren’t expecting his book sales to grow so quickly simply by sending updates to our friends and family through social media,” states Joetta Irving Talford, his wife and VP of Marketing & Communications. “We didn’t even have the opportunity to have a formal launch date, but we are very excited to share with the world what most of his friends and people at Microsoft in Charlotte already know about my husband. Yes, he has model good looks, however, what stands out about him the most is that he is one of the smartest, caring and most humble people on the planet. There were people already at the site changing their diets, working out more and all of this was due to his sharing his story. He’s a soldier, it’s in his blood and he would want to see as many people as he could make it through the fight with a better outlook on life. With this book, I believe more lives will be changed and his message of maintaining a positive attitude through any challenge in life will prevail.”
Matt D. Talford, a speaker, avid tennis player and food enthusiast, served as a medic in the United States Army and Army Reserves both during and after Operation Desert Storm. After four years working as an ER technician by day and attending college at night, he spent the next 16 years working in the field of Information Technology, while moonlighting as a contributing writer and editor for a Charlotte, N.C.-based arts and entertainment publication. His debut title, “From Fear to Faith: A Survivor’s Story,” which has been nominated for several international literary awards, hit #18 on Amazon Kindle’s Hot 100 list in the first few days after its release. Talford has begun work on a second book, which he hopes to release later this year.
“From Fear to Faith: A Survivor’s Story” is currently available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats, and on Apple iBooks. A limited number of autographed copies are also available directly from the author’s website: www.mdtalford.com.
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Joetta I Talford