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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)
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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