a Memoir of Madness and Special-needs Parenting /
Mothering under normal circumstances takes all you have to give. But what happens when your child is disabled, and sacrificing all you've got and more is the only hope for a decent future? When their second child, Alexander, is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, doctors tell Ashley Bristowe and her husband that the boy won't walk or talk - that he is profoundly disabled. Ashley researches a disorder so new it's just been named - Kleefstra Syndrome - and she finds little hope and a maze of obstacles. My Own Blood is an uplifting story, but it never shies away from the devastating impact of a baby that science couldn't predict and medicine couldn't help. An honest account of a woman's life turned upside down.
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