Memoirs

You will Dream New Dreams

February 7, 2012

  This lovely collection of essays by parents of children with special needs is similar to Gifts, but is not exclusively about children with Down syndrome.  The book contains many chapters about DS, but as a parent I actually found it interesting to read about children with other conditions.  These days we often meet  people who are [...]

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Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

July 20, 2011

Three years ago when my daughter was born, I received a special book – Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich their Lives. The editor, Kathryn Lynard Soper, a writer who has a son with Down syndrome, worked with several other mothers to form a collection of personal stories expressing the blessings children [...]

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The Four Walls of My Freedom

May 30, 2011

Three months after Donna Thomson delivered her son Nicholas, life as she knew it changed forever.  After months of wondering why Nicholas was not developing like typical babies, doctors informed her that he had cerebral palsy and would “never be normal”.  The Four Walls of My Freedom is a memoir about her experience parenting a [...]

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Gifts

March 25, 2011

After my daughter was born, one of my mother’s sisters found the book Gifts and purchased several copies to send to the women in my family, including my sisters, my mom, and another aunt.  Gifts is a collection of heartfelt essays by mothers of children with Down syndrome.  As the title suggests, the overall premise of the book [...]

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Road Map to Holland

February 18, 2011

Shortly before my daughter was born in 2008, the book Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg was published.  A gift from my sister, I wasn’t really able to pick it up until a few months after the day that changed our lives.  With this book, I discovered what I’ll call the “special needs [...]

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