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Shared Struggles: Stories from Parents and Pediatricians Caring for Children with Serious Illnesses

This book tells true and poignant stories from both sides of the physician-patient/parent relationship and provides a unique glimpse into how parents and physicians think, feel, and interact. The stories are grouped under four sections: Hope, Compassion, Communication, and Trust. Each section includes stories contributed by parents from all across the United States and by pediatricians practicing at many of the best children’s hospitals throughout the country.


Butterflies and Second Chances: A Mom's Memoir of Love and Loss 

The world Annette Hines knew exploded when her infant daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease--a degenerative, life-limiting illness. Annette's joy quickly turned to apprehension and she knew nothing would ever be the same again. Annette and Elizabeth's powerful story provides hope, solace, and a path forward for parents of special needs children, and it will resonate with families everywhere.


The Still Point of the Turning World

What does it mean to be a success? To be a good parent? To live a meaningful life? Emily Rapp thought she knew the answers when she was pregnant with her first child. But everything changed when nine-month-old Ronan was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare and always-fatal degenerative disorder.  He was not expected to live beyond the age of three. Rapp and her husband were forced to re-evaluate everything they thought they knew about parenting and to learn to parent without a future.


Peach: Celebrating Life in the Shadow of Death

PEACH - written in lyrical, soulful prose and poetry by Jenevieve 'Peach' Woods - is a heartfelt account of her life as the invisible girl, shunned because she is afflicted with a life-altering disease. Her book is part of her mission to 'celebrate our differences, and to treat each other with kindness and dignity'. 


Letters to Jacob: Grieving the Loss of a Child

Maria Hopfgarten's son Jacob was born on January 31, 2006. He was the most perfect baby boy she had ever seen. But Jacob had devastating health issues, culminating in a diagnosis of mitochondrial disease, a fatal condition.  In the ten short years of Jacob's life, Maria found strength in blogging about Jacob's life. Her posts have been gathered into this book along with Maria's tips for parents coping with their own grief of losing a child.


You Are Not Alone: An Encouraging Coloring Book for Mothers and Caregivers of Children with Special Needs

You Are Not Alone” is the main theme of this coloring book, designed specifically for mothers and caregivers of children with special needs. The art of coloring has been studied and has been found to relax the mind, reduce anxiety, and provide stress relief. These coloring pages also incorporate encouraging quotes and phrases that specifically speak to those raising children with special needs.


Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action

The powerful memoir of a young doctor and former college athlete diagnosed with a rare disease who spearheaded the search for a cure—and became a champion for a new approach to medical research.


One in a Billion: The Story of Nic Volker and the Dawn of Genomic Medicine

The breathtaking story of a young boy with a never-before-seen disease, and the doctors who take a bold step into the future of medicine to save him—based on the authors’ Pulitzer Prize–winning reporting. One in a Billion is an unforgettable tale of the lives that converged to launch a medical revolution. As pioneering geneticist Mary-Claire King pronounced upon learning Nic’s story: “It was as if one had heard about Case Zero of AIDS and the cure, all at once.”


In Shock (My Journey from Death to Recovery and the Redemptive Power of Hope)

A first-person account from a young critical care physician describes how toward the end of her medical training she suddenly became a patient fighting for her own life, revealing how her experiences exposed her to flaws in today's care standards and how to better embrace the emotional bond between doctor and patient.


Permission to Mourn: A New Way to Do Grief

Tom Zuba is a life coach, author and speaker teaching a new way to do grief to people all over the world. His teachings are based on the knowledge, wisdom and tools he continues to gain as he learns to live with the death of his 18-month-old daughter Erin in 1990, his 43-year-old wife Trici in 1999, and his 13-year-old son Rory in 2005. Tom offers those living with the death of a loved one the tools, knowledge, and wisdom to create a full, joy-filled life.


Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy


In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg’s husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. Sandberg and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again. Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, OPTION B weaves Sandberg’s experiences coping with adversity with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book features stories of people who recovered from personal and professional hardship, including illness, injury, divorce, job loss, sexual assault and imprisonment. These people did more than recover―many of them became stronger.

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