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Touchingly frank and deeply inspiring story of one woman's unshaking belief in her disabled daughter's potential,
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This review is from: My Daughter and I (Kindle Edition)
"I don't know how she does it". That phrase is bandied about far too often. But it certainly is not an exaggeration in this case. Following her divorce, deaf single mother Melissa Mostyn, a blogger, journalist and arts practitioner, has sole care of her 5-year-old daughter Isobel, who has cerebral palsy (CP), as well as a healthy 3-year-old son, Benedict.
She invites us to follow the story of Isobel's life so far, beginning with her daughter's difficult birth, through diagnosis of the CP and her subsequent struggle to get the support, education, and practical equipment Issy needs to achieve her full potential. I found myself rooting for both Melissa and Issy, and had to chuckle when the local council refers to Melissa as "a woman of strong and firm opinions". No kidding.
It was also deeply touching to read about the lengths Melissa goes to to make everyday life special for Issy, rather than just bearable... From pretty gingham corsets and colourful leg-braces to correct her posture and teach her to stand, to a snow-bear with marbles for eyes which Melissa builds in the bitter cold, just to tease an excited reaction out of her daughter.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the author is a proud user of British Sign Language as well as a talented writer in English, Melissa is incredibly skilled at painting a visual image with words, so that the reader can almost "see" Issy's long eyelashes or her big green eyes...
An inspiring and compelling tale of one remarkable woman's determination to create a happy and healthy life for her two children, against some pretty steep odds!