for the Hurting
Award-winning Author blesses campus with
By Chrystal Houston
Award winning author Ann Pai spent two days lecturing on the York College
campus last week. She spoke in chapel and in classes, presented at an
evening reception in the Cornerstone Room, and met with students for an
afternoon in the Spiritual Life Center. Pai was doing more than promoting
her new book, My Other Body: a memoir of Love, fat, life, and death--which
recently won the Writer’s Digest International Book of the Year award for
Self-Published books; she was also bringing an important message to the
spoke a message of hope to those that are hurting, reminding them of their
inherent worth as people, no matter what their particular struggles may be.
“I think the story is powerful, not of itself, but because we all have
challenges in the body, and we all love people that have challenges,” she
Pai’s book is a memoir about her sister, Joyce, who died five years ago from
complications due to overweight. “The tragedy wasn’t that she died, that’s
something that happens to everyone. The tragedy was that she had so much
more to give and her body wouldn’t let her,” said Pai. “My sister did not
die of overweight, she died because she would not ask for help.” Pai
stressed the importance of support people in everyone’s lives, and the need
to love each other through our challenges.
Pai’s book also deals with her own struggles with a compulsive eating
disorder and her battle to live a healthy lifestyle. “I have a weight
consequence, not a weight problem. The real problems take a little longer to
get to the root of,” she explained.
Pai is currently working a novel. More information on Pai and her book may
be found at her website,
www.sunspotpress.com. Copies of her book are $15, and may be purchased
on-line, or on campus from Dr. Larry Van Meter.