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Broken Cord: A Family's Ongoing Struggle with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Broken Cord touches those who truly understand what life is like when you live with a disability or challenges that one may not understand.

    Reading this book brought back many memories of my own daughter, who was adopted in 1994. It took a few years before I realized the impact of alcohol in her life. I laughed and cried as I read Michael's description of Adam's life and how he(Michael) was trying to rationalize why his son was the way he was. Looking back I realize how much I wasn't prepared for my child's challenges but recognize how much she taught me about life and how to deal with her understanding of the world. I have come to learn that my daughter didn't live in my world, but that I lived in her world which I had to make adjustments according to each situation. Safety was and still will always be first. I would encourage all parents to read and learn to appreciate the children you do have that are not impacted with any type of disability. As a former teacher I would always wonder what normal was in today's society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005


    What an awesome read! This book is a perfect mix of personal testimony, social issue awareness, and nerdy research stuff. If you work with children or adults affected by FAS or FAE, this is MUST READ! This book makes you want to find out more about the family, FAS, FAE, and other current issues that affect the rest of a child's life while in utero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2004


    The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris is a collective memoir of Michael Dorris¿s life, and struggles through adopting a child as a single man. When Michael, a young Native American professor and author, finally decides he wants a child, he is told it may be difficult to adopt because he is a single man, but Michael puts the comments aside and tries anyways, and succeeds. However, when Michael takes his new Native American son home, he starts to notice that his son is a little slower on some things, but he still loves him dearly. When his son Adam, is about four years old, he begins to have seizures and Michael becomes worried, but the doctors all tell him that it is a mental problem, and put Adam on medication. However, the seizures continue and Adam becomes labeled as LD, which means learning disabled. After talking to many professionals, Michael discovers that Adam has FAS, or fetal alcohol syndrome. Michael also decides to adopt two other children, both of Native American descent: Sava, who he names after his old fishing partner in Alaska who has recently passed away, and Madeline. With three children, Michael has his hands full and is very busy, but still finds time to meet a woman and fall in love. In 1981, Michael marries Louise Erdrich, a fellow Native American researcher and author. And together they have two daughters: Pallas, and Persia. Michael continues his research on fetal alcohol syndrome, and looks for a cure to his son¿s horrible disease, but sadly there is no solution, his son will for ever be a handicap.

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