Involuntary Joy describes the thoughts and feelings that went unshared when Joy Newcom's first child was born with multiple birth defects 16 years ago. As his day-to-day realities became her own, she experienced an involuntary transformation, eventually leaving a professional career she loved to become a stay-at-home mom who worked part-time.
She chronicles her first five years as a mother in this candidly honest memoir. Her story is an emotional quagmire of jumbled career aspirations, misshapen personal expectations, weighty family obligations, misguided spiritual assertions, and a complex marital alliance. Involuntary Joy relates the fullness of her story, with blemishes exposed and vulnerabilities offered for full examination.
In a straightforward manner, Joy Newcom describes the spiritual and identity struggles she experienced in those first years after learning she would never be the kind of mom she imagined. By sharing her story, she invites others – who may only know life through children with normal abilities – to live experiences that few know of firsthand.