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

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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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"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)
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In this poetic, heartrending memoir, UK journalist and first time author Wyn relates seven years of personal struggle and small victories trying to raise and heal a son with severe cerebral palsy. Diagnosed in his first year with the most extreme form of the disability, Joe was born blind, without any hope of ever walking or communicating: "He won't even know you," the neurologist tells them. Joe's seemingly hopeless condition quickly takes over Wyn's world: "It is like death." Desperate for a cure ("Impossible," her doctor says), Wyn pursues every possible therapy-from faith healers and prayer to physical patterning and swimming-losing both her marriage and career as she falls deeper into Joe's world. Along the way she discovers the fate of other babies with cerebral palsy, given up to foster care or institutionalized as wards of the state by parents unable to cope. This difficult-to-face story is carried along effortlessly by Wyn's elegant, fractured prose and hard-won moments of triumph: "Today,/ for the very first time,/ I saw the way he seemed to prefer/ to lift his face to the wind." Any parent is sure to be enthralled, encouraged, and deeply touched.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781854114549
  • Publisher: Seren Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Pages: 176

Meet the Author

Nia Wyn was a journalist in Wales and London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2008

    makes you count your blessings

    This is a great book. It is such a great story of the dedication that a mother can have for her child and what amazing things a woman can accomplish when she throws her life into something. This book makes you realize how minor most of life's problems are and appreciate all your blessings.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2009

    Very inspiring story!

    As a mother of a baby who was recently diagnosed with cerebral palsy, this book has helped me start the healing process. I highly recommend this book especially to parents of children with disabilities. It helps you to remember it is life's little pleasures that bring the most joy to us.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Awespme balls

    This book is all about what mothers do heal thier children and never give up

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    Thornstar to hazelstar

    And i still havent met my kits, where is rosepetal?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Snowy

    Naw he aint

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    Posted May 20, 2011

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