After LaViza Lockwood is born her mother notices something is wrong, but doctors cannot detect a problem. It is not until LaViza becomes a walking toddler that she is diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), also known as brittle bones. This debilitating bone disease causes LaViza countless fractures, numerous surgeries, and several months of hospital stays. But she still manages to do what others in her environment are doing-gambling, drinking, drugs, and sex, all prior to being of legal age.
LaVizas mother is single, with three children. She has several nervous break downs, which causes her to attempt murder and suicide. Unable to maintain employment, government assistance becomes her only source of income. As a result, her best option for residency is to live in the Wellrock Gardens housing projects.
Many of LaVizas family members and friends succumb to substance addictions in order to cope with living in poverty and fear. However, LaVizas biggest fear of becoming entangled in the vicious cycle of generational poverty, crime, and addiction is what makes her take drastic chances to not become a statistic.
Brittle Never Broken is definitely not your typical rags-to-riches memoir because riches refers to LaVizas ability to remain self-motivated, despite relentless afflictions and heartaches. LaVizas bones are brittle, but nothing, or no one can break her awesome spirit!
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About the Author
LaViza’s love of reading, writing and researching motivated her to get a degree as a librarian. Likewise, her compassion for people in abusive situations led her to become a certifi ed domestic violence advocate. This is reflected in her first published book All Lives Matter. As a former federal Administrative Assistant, in the Offi ce of Equal Opportunity, one of her favorite duties was writing, editing and publishing the quarterly newsletter. She used this experience to channel her into a career as a writer and author. In her youth, LaViza found it challenging to verbally communicate her deeply feelings. As a result, she journaled many impactful events in her life. Her childhood diary is just one of multiple reliable resources, which helped her to write her memoir Brittle Never Broken.