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A triumph over adversity
9 November 2016
This was a very insightful story and my heart goes out to Louise for having the courage and determination to tell her story so that we can all understand what she and others like her went through and also I guess to raise awareness that the Thalidomide scandal and continued fight for justice and compensation is not over.
I found the story particularly interesting and poignant because I am a carer of a Thalidomide and the lady was mentioned. It did make me chuckle and I can visualise her in the setting!
From my knowledge of my lady's experience Louise's experiences were not uncommon and parents were not always supportive and some were in fact abusive. It's hard for us to believe this given these children were already suffering.
I am amazed at how much Louise has achieved and staggered at how she has not let her disability stop her leading a normal life.
Many things in the book come across as very easy - getting on a coach, travelling by plane, making toffee, mucking out stables, cleaning tack, cooking, etc are all activities mentioned and I would have liked to know more about exactly how she was able to do these things. I felt that more detail was needed in a step by step way almost. Perhaps life was easier when Louise was younger and her body more flexible but looking at my lady, at 56 she needs a lot of support to do basic things but she can paint with her mouth, write with mouth and shuffle onto the loo from her wheelchair.
The book is both heartwarming and heartbreaking and Louise has triumphed in the face of adversity and difficult family circumstances.