With Angel's Wings

With Angel's Wings


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Twenty-five-year-old Laura resides in Littleton, New Hampshire with her three-year-old daughter, Emily. Her husband, Kevin, a marine, has been called out to sea for six months. Laura has just given birth to her second daughter, Hannah.

"Uh-oh. We've got a problem here. I'm hearing a significant murmur." Just thirteen days after giving birth, Laura's life was changed forever by those words from the pediatrician.

This is the raw and honest recount of Laura's unexpected journey into the world of parenting a medically fragile, special-needs child. Will her marriage survive? What about her relationship with her older daughter who presents challenges of her own? Will Laura keep her sanity? What part will Laura's stepbrother, Daniel, play in the events to unfold? And how does a cow angel fit into this dramatic journey?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627766807
Publisher: A Flair For Writing - Publishing Services
Publication date: 09/17/2013
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

I am a hard-working mother of 4, a loving wife, and an unsuspecting author of a true medical drama/unconventional love story called With Angel's Wings. With Angel's Wings is my story. I wrote therapeutically as I was introduced to/initiated into life as a special needs mother. Years later friends, therapists, and nurses convinced me to share my tale. All names were changed in the book, out of respect for those who would not appreciate being mentioned by name, but aside from names, the story is 100% true. If, after reading With Angel's Wings, you are left with questions, please do not hesitate to ask. On the book's website (www.withangelswings.net) there is an "Ask the Author Forum", and all questions and feedback are more than welcome. Also on the website are an epilogue, "deleted scenes" and "real life" pictures that correlate with each of the book's chapters. Some of those pictures are featured in With Angel's Wings ~ A Trailer @ http://youtu.be/d1feuCdh8dc Thanks, and enjoy!

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Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
With Angel’s Wings, by Stephanie Collins, is one mother’s raw and heart-wrenching account of her life with two daughters with special needs. Written as a third-person account with name changes, the author describes each and every obstacle encountered as she struggled to come to terms with her daughters’ challenges while simultaneously dealing with a long string of physicians, specialists, and therapists. Laura, as the author calls the young mother, fights an uphill battle from the moment she is told her days-old infant has a heart defect--the first of many. While facing a seemingly unending barrage of personal hurdles, Laura somehow learns to cope with the endless physical and emotional demands placed upon her family by tiny Hannah’s diagnosis of Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome. This author’s life story as a work of fiction is almost indescribable. I do not believe I have ever read a book that kept me as breathless and as anxious as this one. Laura’s laundry list of traumatic events ranging from her newborn’s purple feet and hands to her seizures lasting for hours on end is mentally exhausting to read. Her life is so full of twists and turns and drama surrounding Hannah’s diagnosis and subsequent health scares, the author has no need to embellish with flowery language and lengthy stretches of narrative. There is, literally, no room or time left to dress up her text. This book reads as a journal of heartache peppered with true love. Collins is honest and open with her feelings about her daughters’ diagnoses. As Laura, she sugarcoats nothing. As strong as she is, Laura reveals her vulnerability as an overwhelmed young mother. The reader aches to watch her contemplate, time and again, a way out. Her frustration as a parent fighting her way through the healthcare system is one with which many readers will be able to relate. In addition to her day-to-day battle with fevers, seizures, hospital visits, and mounting financial woes, Laura faces the virtually indescribable audacity of an ex-husband who lacks not only both sympathy and empathy but a soul, as well. As a parent and a teacher, I have never read a more authentic and touching account of life as a mother or a more revealing account of what caring for a child with special needs truly entails. Emily’s early signs of autism hit home with me as a teacher. No one knows the struggle of helping a child on the autism spectrum like a parent. Laura begins accommodating for Emily’s needs long before her diagnosis. She modifies, plans, and tries to remain several steps ahead of meltdowns from early on in Emily’s life. Parents of children with autism will appreciate reading about the way Laura intricately weaves a web of plans on a daily basis to compensate for Emily’s developmental delays. Though the book is primarily focused on the battle to save Hannah and come to grips with her many needs, the author does a beautiful job of illustrating the relationship Laura develops with Daniel. Daniel, the one shining light in her darkest days, is a rather unlikely saviour. Their love, apparent from early in their friendship, is one that only intensifies through the rigors of identifying and finding ways of successfully coping with all Emily and Hannah’s needs. There aren’t any options for stars beyond 5, so I am restricted to giving With Angel’s Wings 5 out of 5 stars. The author’s life story, now Laura and Daniel’s as well, is an absolute must-read for any parent, teacher, or caregiver of a child with special
Maya_Sullivan More than 1 year ago
“With Angel’s Wings” is an insightful journey into family relationships when there is a special needs child. The author wrote this from her heart and shares the challenges and joys in an honest way. Her book delves into the emotional journey and family dynamics. It is a revealing and inspirational perspective of her experiences. My sister was a special needs child. We can learn so much, and be more appreciative of life, by becoming aware of the opportunities special needs children present.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In With Angel's Wings by Stephanie A. Collins, Laura is a military wife who is expecting her second child. She has a beautiful three-year-old daughter and another beautiful girl on the way. But before she can give birth to the baby, her husband Kevin is deployed. At birth, the new baby is perfect, but thirteen days after her birth the doctor detects a heart murmur. Left alone with the responsibility of a young child and a toddler, Laura is desperate, but she never backs down. Soon her other daughter is also diagnosed with a disease that cripples Laura. With two children with special needs, she has to navigate a very narrow path. The horrors of both diseases bring out the strong woman in her and make her understand her own powers. There are very few writers who have the ability to make the reader live the story. Stephanie A. Collins is one of those writers. With Angel's Wings is such a powerful tale of motherhood and love that your heart will cry for her. I really appreciated the fact that Collins did not sugarcoat anything. When diseases are this bad, there is nothing magical. Her passion and her despair were real and the reader could feel the emotion. You will not find many flowery words in the novel, but the words used are enough to move your heart and soul. Kudos to Collins for verbalizing her story in such a beautiful and riveting manner. Five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thought provoking, earnest look at caring for a children with special needs. I appreciated her honesty and candor in describing the struggles that come with being the primary care giver for her daughters, both of whom needed care that goes far beyond what anyone imagines when they decide to become a parent. The love story was icing on the cake to a book that I couldn't put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing journey with laughter and tears. Stephanie draws you in and leads you through this beautiful medical drama. The character development is rich and thoughtful and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read!