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By Lainie Cohen

This relocating and encouraging memoir tells the tale of a unmarried, heart-wrenching yr in a single family's lifestyles during which a son sustains a serious mind damage, a daughter is plagued by a degenerative muscle , one other son is suspended from college for drug use, and a grandfather passes away. With sensitivity and honesty, the mummy recounts the harrowing days of stresses and ceaseless fear in the family members and divulges the significance of familial bonds in overcoming tragedy. greater than an account of heartache, this tale serves as a source for different households dealing with debilitating accidents and unforeseen trauma.

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The dog seems delighted, too. She's happy to trot along the familiar route through the neighbourhood. As we walk, I become aware of all the teenagers we pass playing road hockey, roller blading, and bike riding. Will Daniel ever be able to do any of these activities again? What will he be like? It's impossible to turn my mind off and refrain from contemplating unanswerable questions. I try to focus on Yaron's description of the latest play he's seen. I usually enjoy listening to his critiques; his tastes are closer to mine than the theatre critics in the newspapers.

It's more than a thirty-minute drive back to the hospital. Midway, I can sense a tightness pulling across my shoulders. My fingers are gripping the steering wheel, clenched like a dog's teeth around a bone. I release one hand, shake it out, and then do the same with the other. At the hospital, I drive up the ramp to the garage and stretch sideways to take a parking ticket from the dispenser. There's a light honk behind me. Checking my rearview mirror, I see Joel just pulling in. He smiles and waves.

My desk is removed from the main activity area, and today I welcome its seclusion. I try to do some reading and note taking. Somehow time passes. Jim, my supervisor, comes in to talk. His eyes share his concern, although his formal manner allows just a dry handshake. 50 "I want you to take it easy. " I take a deep breath and phone the first of six special education representatives at my schools. After the usual pleasantries are exchanged, I tell her about my son. Eileen is supportive and caring.

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