The Infinite Patience of Time

From the Author:

I write from the point of view of an immigrant, an artist, and – now after a few years – as a person suffering from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

This book of 160 pages includes 20 of my paintings in full color. It is the story of my arrival to this country. I was 25 years old when I decided to make this trip from Colombia on my own I found that as an immigrant, the years you spend trying to get ahead involve a whole different set of circumstances, especially if you are alone without the support system of family that you enjoy in your own land.

I am donating half of the proceeds of my book to ALS of Michigan which functions totally from private donations.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read for all ages!
July 5, 2019
I read this book in an afternoon. I felt emotions of joy, sadness, compassion, humor, and awe- all in one book! Patricia’s experiences from coming to this country alone, from Colombia, South America, are amazing. The complex navigation of a whole new country and language challenged this young woman in her twenties. Her personal health issues she has suffered from childhood, are a whole story in itself. She talks of her daughter, her family, her marriage, and her life, and is warm and open and honest. And recently, as if she needed another challenge, she has been given a devastating blow: ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Her descriptions of this, her biggest challenge, are nothing short of amazing. Raw and honest, you feel her emotions. Courage, humor, the good days and bad, are clear for all to see. It’s written in a diary type format, giving a realistic look from day to day of the mountains and valleys she has traveled.
I was laughing and I was crying. But most of all, I was inspired. This book will be an inspiration to anyone. To live life to its fullest, with what we are given. And to prevail! This story will be on my mind for a long time to come. A simply amazing human being…

“In diary format, Patricia Riascos leads us through her upbringing in Colombia, her move to the U.S., and her passion for expressing herself through art. An accomplished painter, her art shines through these pages. When diagnosed with ALS, she reminds us to appreciate what we have—even the privilege to walk.”
—BATIA COHEN, PhD, author of Una Amapola Entre Cactus