January 31, 2012
Dreams Change- Addison's Story
I can't even imagine the feeling of being published. It has to be one of the greatest highs. But to be published when you have a really important story to tell? Amazing.
My blog friend Deanna, of Everything and Nothing from Essex, just wrote a book. It's really one of two- she's working on a much longer, hold-it-in-your-hand-and-turn-pages book. But this smaller book was complied in honor of her daughter Addison turning two.
You see, Addison has Down syndrome. She had so many challenges in the first days and months of her life, it wasn't really known if she would be celebrating this birthday. She's well and thriving these days, and she's now a big sister. Life has changed so much for Deanna and Addison since the beginning of their story.
And that's why I loved reading the e-book, Dreams Changed- it's an amazing story. Instead of glossing over heartache and sugar coating her real feelings about it all, Deanna essentially shared a diary of her experiences with us all. She wonders if she'll love Addison. She is broken after hearing the diagnosis. She struggles, she cries, and she begins a long journey. Throughout the pages, you feel Deanna's heart melt for that beautiful little girl, and you experience the ups and downs with her.
Deanna graciously let me read a copy of the book (it's downloadable on computers too-you don't have to have an e-reader), and I'm so glad she did. The best writer is one who can make the reader feel, and she did just that. I lost count of how many times I teared up, as well as how many times I was smiling. Maybe it isn't possible to feel exactly how a parent sees there child- but I found myself feeling as if I were sitting in the NICU beside them, listening to the beeps of the monitors and watching their faces. I celebrated their triumphs and worried when things were unstable.
I don't really write book reviews, but it was such an honor to have that glimpse into their story. I really recommend you give this a read (it's only $1.99, by the way!). Step into someone else's shoes, be refreshed by her honesty, and be encouraged by their journey.