The View from Four Foot Two

The View from Four Foot Two

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by Judi Markowitz
     
 

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There are 30 million people around the world with syndromes you have never heard of -- Weaver, Soto’s, Stickler, and Ehlers-Danlos just to name a few. And, there are 30 million mothers who, like Judi Markowitz, were informed of the syndrome their baby was born with in words that sounded something like this:

“Your child is not normal. Blah,… See more details below

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There are 30 million people around the world with syndromes you have never heard of -- Weaver, Soto’s, Stickler, and Ehlers-Danlos just to name a few. And, there are 30 million mothers who, like Judi Markowitz, were informed of the syndrome their baby was born with in words that sounded something like this:

“Your child is not normal. Blah, blah, blah. Your child will be different from all the other children. Blah, blah, bah. Those eyes you’re staring into right now belong to someone who’s damaged. It is not your fault. Or, maybe it is your fault. Blah, blah, blah. You have just delivered a functioning baby, but you have also delivered yourself a life sentence.”

Some mothers, like Judi, whose children were born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome, also heard these words: “We have no record of a child with this syndrome living beyond the age of two.”

Sometimes these words are delivered with compassion and sorrow. And sometimes they’re delivered no differently than a diagnosis of heartburn.

Judi's first child, Lindsay, was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome in 1979. She can still hear the doctor’s words when she shut her eyes at night. She did not completely understand them at the time. She does now. Denial has coalesced into reality with a brutal vengeance. It affected her life and the life of every person she has ever known and loved.

This year, Judi decided it was time to share a mother’s story to celebrate the miracle of Lindsay and, hopefully, to allow every mother of a normal child never to take their miracles for granted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148911463
Publisher:
Sunbury Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
184
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Judi Markowitz has been teaching English for 27 years. She instructs 12th graders in the morning at Berkley High School and in the afternoon she teaches a Detroit Film class at CASA (Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts). It’s a consortium of six school districts.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Wayne State University. Judi is married to Jeffrey Markowitz, her best friend. They live in Huntington Woods, Michigan and have four grown children Lindsay, Chad, Eli, Todd, and daughter-in-law, Chana Tova. They also have three beautiful grand-daughters. The View From Four Foot Two is Judi’s first published book.

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