"Now remember, you might go home today without a baby," said the surgeon as he carried their six-week old into the first of many surgeries.
Jaclyn's Journey: Dancing through Life in Spite of Chronic Illness is an inspirational memoir about how a child lived with heart disease without letting it take over her life. With encouragement and love from her parents, she persevered, adapted to circumstances when necessary, and tried to live as "normal" a life as possible, in spite of challenging health issues. Jaclyn taught many people how to live fully. She danced through life with a smile, with laughter, and with a lot of love.
Let her story inspire you and your family to do the same.
Author Lori Kaplan is a stay-at home mom. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science, worked at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago, and taught graduate level courses at the University of Chicago in the Department of Social Service Administration. Her research has been published in scholarly periodicals and presented at professional conferences.
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I got the book in the mail today. I began to read it this afternoon while my girls were in school. It simply grabbed me by the heart. It is now 12:30 and I just finished. I simply could not put it down. I read in the car waiting for my girls at school, at dance class, standing in the kitchen waiting for the water for pasta to boil, basically every moment I could find today. I plan to read it again more slowly in the future. I want you to know how profoundly it affected (or should I use effected/ never mastered that distinction). I feel blessed to know Jaclyn through your words. The depth of your journey is amazing. This book is so beautifully written. It made me happy and sad; hopeful and apprehensive; every emotion I can imagine. I have never been in a situation where one of my children was confronting a life threatening illness. My youngest Megan has a number of delays. Your story gave me so many great ideas about how to continue approaching these issues while at the same time putting them into the appropriate perspective. Your honesty and inspirational approach to telling Jaclyn's Journey will benefit anyone who reads it. I could go on and on but I think it is better to leave it at that. I am changed by your story and your incredible way of telling it. I hope you all the best in the future.