Blue Sky July: A Mother's Story of Hope and Healing

Blue Sky July: A Mother's Story of Hope and Healing

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by Nia Wyn
     
 

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"Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, Blue Sky July follows the story of a mother whose child suffers a devastating brain injury. It traces her journey into a world hidden away in society's pockets as she battles against impossible odds to heal him." Through her intimate day by day musings, the book explores the impact of the tragedy on her home life,…  See more details below

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"Set between the summers of 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, Blue Sky July follows the story of a mother whose child suffers a devastating brain injury. It traces her journey into a world hidden away in society's pockets as she battles against impossible odds to heal him." Through her intimate day by day musings, the book explores the impact of the tragedy on her home life, love life, friendships and connection to the world, as the most extraordinary relationship unfolds between them.

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Expectant moms spend nine months preparing for motherhood, a time of wonder and anticipation. While much of the information on pregnancy details the potential problems of newborns, most moms-to-be expect to deliver a healthy baby. So what happens when the best preparation in the world doesn't result in a perfectly healthy child?

It's the nightmare of every expectant parent -- and it is Wyn's story, and that of her son, Joe. Stricken with cerebral palsy, Joe is given a disheartening diagnosis: he will never walk, see, or talk. Wyn and her husband are devastated. This wasn't a high-risk pregnancy, so they were completely unprepared for this outcome. What followed are years of doctors' visits, numerous therapies, and many long nights -- a new family life that's exhausting, expensive, and emotionally draining. Blue Sky July chronicles the first seven years of Joe's life, and though it doesn't have a made-for-TV ending, its power lies in Wyn's ability to show how resolve and willpower can positively affect a life, and how blessing can come from adversity.

Wyn writes with the intimacy of a friend next door -- honest about her feelings, the monotony of her son's needs, and the loneliness of having an "abnormal" child. The result is that Joe's story, rather than being one of despair, serves as a reminder of the precious gift of every life. (Holiday 2008 Selection)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781854114549
Publisher:
Seren Books
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
4.92(w) x 7.72(h) x (d)

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"Beautifully written and will strike a chord with every parent. It will have you hooked from beginning to end."
-Good Housekeeping

"Joy, courage, and pain are inextricably linked in this memoir about a mother's unconditional love for her son...This book will leave you marveling at the unique relationship between mother and child."
-Marie Claire
"Compelling. A quiet classic."
-Yvonne Roberts, author of Shake

"A harrowing but inspiring story of love in the most difficult circumstances."
- Seattle Post Intelligencer

Meet the Author

Nia Wyn was a journalist in Wales and London.

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