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Survivor of bacterial meningitis writes new book

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A Kansas man who survived a battle with bacterial meningitis is sharing his experiences through a new book.

Andy Marso, a reporter for The Topeka Capital-Journal, contracted the rare disease while he was a student at the University of Kansas in 2004.

He lost parts of both of his feet and his hands. Marso spent four months in the hospital, followed by physical and occupational therapy to relearn everything from walking to bathing.

His book is titled, "Worth the Pain: How Meningitis Nearly Killed Me -- Then Changed My Life for the Better." It was released in November.

Marso told The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/19vuQmC) the disease brought out good in other people and improved his relationships. He says he also learned strength and persistence to deal with life's struggles.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com