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Bullets & Babies: A true story of love, violence and the spirit to live

Bullets & Babies: A true story of love, violence and the spirit to live

by Richard Ballo
Bullets & Babies: A true story of love, violence and the spirit to live

Bullets & Babies: A true story of love, violence and the spirit to live

by Richard Ballo




When does life get better? That is the question 15-year-old Janice Thomas asked herself when she lived with her affectionless father, and subordinate mother.

As a sixteen-year old, life got better when she married Wayne, had his first baby.

She thought being a wife and mother was a great life, and it was until Wayne, fueled by drugs and alcohol, started to assault her.

As a 27-year-old she thought life was better when she divorced Wayne and married Ron.

At 32 years-old she wondered when will life get better because she and Ron were separated. But she knew she could reconcile with him and life would get better.

She and Ron met at a pool hall to talk reconciliation. They were drinking, playing pool, and having a good time. They met and talked with people. One person they met was Jim. They left the bar with Jim to look at Jim’s gun collection.

Two months later Janice woke up in a hospital room wondering why she was there. She couldn’t remember the night at the bar. Ron was there and he told her they had been looking at guns, and well, he shot her. Not only did he shoot her, but she was paralyzed. She cried out ‘this can’t be my life?’

When Janice returned home to face life as a paraplegic her kids were scared, her parents demanding, and Ron’s guilt drove him to drink, and he abandoned Janice and the kids. Without a husband, or a job, or income, Janice faced a life that wasn’t getting better. She thought it wasn’t worth living.

This inspirational and uplifting story will challenge readers to examine moments of tradegy that every human face’s in their mind, body, and spirit.

Janice took control of her life, even moving away from her parents, and all that was familiar, to build a new life. Janice’s grit, determination, faith, and love kept her family together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988546974
Publisher: Tolman Main Press, LLC
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 197
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Ballo is the author of two award winning books, and is a national speaker on overcoming life's obstacles. He has appeared nationwide in person, radio, and television. His works have appeared across the nation in books, magazines, and newspapers. He is a former board member of Avow Hospice of Naples, Former Board member of Seacrest County Day School, and has been active in Kiwanis for over 20 years. He and his Terri have three children and three grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Prologue vii

Chapter 1 My Mistake 1

Chapter 2 Feeling No Pain 7

Chapter 3 Is that Ours? 11

Chapter 4 What Happened? 15

Chapter 5 Wide Awake Now 19

Chapter 6 Ron Goes to Rehab 23

Chapter 7 God's Will 27

Chapter 8 Visitors Aren't Always Welcome 29

Chapter 9 I'm Stable Enough 33

Chapter 10 Grueling Rehabilitation 35

Chapter 11 Sexual Frustration 43

Chapter 12 Finally Going Home 49

Chapter 13 Who's There 55

Chapter 14 Tackling Housework 63

Chapter 15 Starting A New Life 71

Chapter 16 My Teenagers 77

Chapter 17 Finding a Spiritual Community 85

Chapter 18 Spiritual Conflicts 93

Chapter 19 Kids Moving Out 97

Chapter 20 Male Companionship 103

Chapter 21 Truly On My Own 113

Chapter 22 The End of Independence 121

Chapter 23 Physical Trials 125

Chapter 24 New State of Living 135

Chapter 25 Helping a Friend 139

Chapter 26 Living Challenges 145

Chapter 27 Losing My Mother 149

Chapter 28 Reflections on Darkness and Light 153

Chapter 29 Giving up Smoking 157

Chapter 30 Life's Regrets 161

Chapter 31 Ron Is Still Alive 165

Chapter 32 Physical Scars 173

Chapter 33 I love My Babies 175

Chapter 34 Final Diagnosis 179

Epilogue 183

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