Download e-book for iPad: Crooked Smile: One Family's Journey Toward Healing by Lainie Cohen

By Lainie Cohen

ISBN-10: 1550225731

ISBN-13: 9781550225730

This relocating and encouraging memoir tells the tale of a unmarried, heart-wrenching 12 months in a single family's existence during which a son sustains a serious mind damage, a daughter is laid low with a degenerative muscle , one other son is suspended from college for drug use, and a grandfather passes away. With sensitivity and honesty, the mummy recounts the harrowing days of stresses and ceaseless fear in the family members and divulges the significance of familial bonds in overcoming tragedy. greater than an account of heartache, this tale serves as a source for different households dealing with debilitating accidents and unforeseen trauma.

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This was my son. I keep thinking about him, wondering whether I can find any clues in his personality or behaviour to make sense of this unfathomable event. In so many ways he seemed a typical teenager with a pendulum swing of emotions and goals. He spent most of his time with his friends and not us, but we expected that and hoped for a healthy separation. Daniel defined himself by his athletic prowess, not by his academic pursuits, but he had visions of university, of moving on in 25 life, even though his goals were unclear.

21 This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER T H R E E £/u*- tnm-& 4iJity>-y-&iw Ti~far fa VMt*t*wi-^ Monday and Tuesday engulf us. We have little sense of minutes or hours passing in the hospital visitor's lounge. I feel numb, disconnected from anyone else around me, except Joel, whose hand I hold. We want to spend all our time with our son, but we're allowed to see him for only five or ten minutes per hour. His schedule must accommodate doctors' rounds, physiotherapist's activities, and numerous tests and procedures.

When I leave the kitchen, the puppy starts to whine. She scratches the wooden gate secured across the doorway. I hadn't realized she would be so needy. Every time I take a step, she follows me and tries to nestle on my toes. She whimpers until I'm back in sight. I set up my laptop computer on the kitchen table and plug it in. The puppy cuddles contentedly on my feet. As a young girl, I always preferred to do my homework in the warmth of the kitchen rather than in my own room. Perhaps this new venue will spur my writing along.

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