Blanchard author reveals struggles with rare disease in new memoir

BLANCHARD, Okla. — Author Christopher DeHaven announces the nationwide release of his new book, “It Ain’t Easy Being Me: Growing Up With a Rare Disease Called Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 14 (SCA 14).”

In “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,DeHaven points out to those who have ever had a disease or illness and who are fighting their problem that they need to have at least five things in their favor: God in their corner, a sense of humor, thick skin, great doctors and the support of family and friends.

By writing “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,DeHaven hopes that his readers will learn not to assume anything about anyone because everyone has problems that make people jump to conclusions or assume the worst in people. Dive into the pages of this poignant biography and join the author in the struggles and blessings he encountered during his fight for survival.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

DeHaven, who is the eldest of three kids and a military brat, had big dreams, but life had other plans for him. In this book, DeHaven applies a blunt approach in this book, trying to keep it as real as possible as it has always gotten him far in life.

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