“Author Lisa Oltmans writes with conviction and certainly knows a lot about spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) – a veritable death sentence for her son Shane, who defied the odds and lived until young adulthood. She also exhibits enough faith for a small army. Of her son’s passing, she writes, ‘I lived for 22 years 1 month and 2 days with a person full of light’ one of many examples of her a glass half full approach to a devastating situation.
Yet she neither sugarcoats her circumstances nor condescends to the reader. Instead she offers a step-by-step line of attack against and practical suggestions for dealing with a disease that weakens all the voluntary muscle systems by robbing the body of its ability to eat, breathe and move. This book will be especially useful for people dealing with a loved one with any debilitating disease. And those who prefer to avoid the subject entirely might do well to read it as well, if only to appreciate what they do have and take a note from this author’s approach to life’s challenges.”
By Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
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About the Author
Lisa was born in NYC and grew up and attended school in East Texas. Shifting from a career in information technology to freelance writer, she is working on several writing projects. Her first published book, "See You Now: A Memoir of Shane’s Triumph over SMA", details her life raising her only son with debilitating spinal muscular atrophy. Lisa and her husband travel the country with two rescued dogs, a Papillion named Vinny and a Pomeranian named Grizz. They do volunteer work mentoring families impacted by spinal muscular atrophy. Watch for Lisa’s books coming soon: Heart Upon the Highway: Two Broken Hearts, A Giant RV, and a Dog and a Half Enduring Love: Devotionals for Caregivers An O C D Mom’s Guide to Care-giving and Housekeeping
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a moving glimpse into what life is like caring for a loved one with SMA. Hard battles fought, but God always provides. This book will make you celebrate the victories and mourn the heartaches. At the end, you will have felt like you were with the family, and will want to entwine yourself with a family that is so strong.