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Resiliency expert, U.S. Open champ releases self-help book

Courtesy photo – Nannette Oatley, the 2001 U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Champion, is also a wife, mother of four, inspirational speaker and licensed counselor.

Courtesy photo – Nannette Oatley, the 2001 U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Champion, is also a wife, mother of four, inspirational speaker and licensed counselor.

PRESCOTT VALLEY - By conquering her own adversities to attain personal and professional victories, Nannette Oatley has developed the tools for achievement, and is now dedicated to sharing them with the public.

Starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, the resiliency expert, 2001 U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Champion, wife, mother of four, inspirational speaker and licensed counselor will appear at a charity launch event for her new book "Pain, Power and Promise: 19 Ways To a Bolder, Stronger and More Resilient Life!"

Following a life-altering neck injury in 1982, Oatley gave birth to three children within three years. Later, as a single parent, she began a new career, earning a masters degree in counseling before entering the competitive tennis world, culminating in a U.S. Open title.

The book is an inspirational self-help guide paralleling her biography.

Oatley said a corporate engagement about four years ago where she spoke to about 2,000 to 4,000 people inspired her to write the book.

Many of the attendees asked for her story, prompting her to embark on the journey of writing the book, she said.

Every chapter ends with a life principle and skill to strengthen resilience, she added.

Oatley said she presented the analogy of a pearl with each chapter.

"All pearls are reactions to irritants. And every irritant that comes into our life, it's unwelcome. It gets under our skin. We don't want it there. And yet, if we look for that gem that's in there, we have a way of finding value in it," she said.

"Coming from my own grief, my own life story, I've given you these resilience skills. I've woven in the field of positive psychology, which means you work from a strength-based approach to life rather than a pathological one. The reader will come away with 19 different tools to build and strengthen their own lives so that they are much more capable to face it when the tough times come - because they will come."

The Prescott Pantry Restaurant will open its doors after hours for the event.

A $50 donation includes food and an autographed copy of the book. All proceeds are going to the Walter Reed Medical Center for soldiers returning with traumatic injuries.

This article first appeared in The Scene magazine, The Daily Courier's arts and entertainment supplement, on July 27, 2007.