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Raising Jess: A Story of Hope

Raising Jess: A Story of Hope

by Vickie Rubin
Raising Jess: A Story of Hope

Raising Jess: A Story of Hope

by Vickie Rubin


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2022 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in Non-Fiction - Memoir genre

"Couldn't put it down! Raising Jess is an amazing book! Vickie Rubin's writing is masterful! Highly recommend." Mike Steklof, Ed. D.

Raising Jess is the powerful story of one family's survival when faced with adversity. Written with compassion, honesty, and humor, it tells of a family changed forever by the birth of a child with special needs and their courageous decision to choose hope.

Facing the challenges of caring for her daughter, marriage struggles, and the question of having more children, Vickie Rubin gives a glimpse into the world of her family and transformation while Raising Jess. This beautiful, gripping memoir will delight and leave you wanting more.

"This is an inspiring story of tragedy and triumph, brilliantly and powerfully told. I highly recommend it. Ashley Adams, Author.

" Amazing book The book is an inspiring story of love, hope, and devotion, where the power of the human spirit is celebrated." Ellen P.

"Beautiful Insightful Narrative That Resonates Deeply Vickie touched upon my fears, anguish, challenges and hopes in her masterful telling of raising her beautiful Jess with her amazing husband and family. I feel enlightened, inspired, hopeful and transformed by Vickie's story." Janet G.

"Beautifully written and a must-read for anyone that knows someone with disabilities or wants to know a family's perspective." Jill G.

" Riveting and Inspiring- It was a riveting read. Nancy Berger.

"I couldn't put it down . Get yourself a copy of this book-so pure and raw and beautiful" Ashleigh Bussinger.

" This is a triumphant tale," Cathy Shields, Author

"Vickie reveals her Soul to the reader. A Must-Read for All" - Lori N.

Vickie Rubin, M. S. Ed., is a regular contributor to the Buffalo News, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journal. She pens a popular blog, Vickie's Views (, where she posts inspiring stories of everyday life. Raising Jess: A Story of Hope is her first book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781662407413
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/30/2021
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 521,039
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Our Esther Bunny 9

Chapter 2 Hypochondria, OCD, or Mother's Intuition? 19

Chapter 3 It Takes a Village 28

Chapter 4 Reality Sets In 42

Chapter 5 We Did Everything-it Just Took Longer 51

Chapter 6 Panic and Milestones and Tears-Oh My! 64

Chapter 7 Breaking the Code 72

Chapter 8 It Wasn't as Easy as It Looked 80

Chapter 9 Seizures Suck! 91

Chapter 10 A New Direction 97

Chapter 11 Inclusion 107

Chapter 12 Jessica's Bat Mitzvah 116

Chapter 13 The R-Word 127

Chapter 14 Letting Go 134

Chapter 15 Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends 145

Chapter 16 The Gift of Grandparents 158

Chapter 17 She's My Sister 175

Chapter 18 The Outlaws 194

Chapter 19 Diagnosis: Does It Matter? 204

Chapter 20 You Changed My Life 213

Epilogue 221

Postscript 229

Acknowledgments 233

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