This book shares the thoughts, concerns and unrelenting faith, of a young mother whose son, Jimmy, was born with Cerebral Palsy.
Jimmy - a bright, exuberant, and loving child whose smile, makes you want to smile, just happens to have Cerebral Palsy.
My Perfect Son has Cerebral Palsy
Jimmy's mother, Marie, believes in a common sense, hands-on approach. She promotes bonding with doctors and therapists, utilizing innovative therapy techniques to enhance Jimmy's physical and emotional well being. She lovingly details what it is like, on a daily basis, to be a caregiver for a child with Cerebral Palsy. In sharing her creative ideas, utilizing inexpensive techniques, to enhance Jimmy's physical comfort and emotional well-being with the cumbersome braces, she motivates and inspires.
By encouraging other parents, with special needs children, to ask questions and become fully informed, she removes the reticence they may feel to confront the matter directly. Further, she inspires the parent to avoid being shy about getting fully engaged in their child's treatment, and to listen to their fundamental instincts as to what is best for their child. This approach creates a feeling of positive activism for both parent and child alike, as opposed to tentativeness or indecision -- which can emotionally stifle both parent and child in resolution of the child's special needs.
This book is a tender look at not only a mother's frustrations and fears, but also of her dedication and triumphs, in a collective determination of spirit, with her very special child. We are empathetic and engaged with her, as she overcomes all obstacles, to become fully knowledgeable about Cerebral Palsy, and then become fully engaged with her child, as she comforts and encourages him every step of the way. The depth of her compassion, and Jimmy's positive reactions, encourage and stimulate the reader to embrace this overall integrated approach.
She shares her thoughts about the special bonds of family members -- the sheer joy of Jimmy's accomplishments, one step at a time -- and the heartbreak of having to handle the comments and stares of those outside the family circle. The interrelationship of all these factors serves to emphasize the importance of each; and the mother's ability to set the tone for both parents, the extended family and friends, and the child. In so doing, the tone is also set for the child's outlook for the future, and his or her relationship in the world at large.
Marie Kennedy's writing style will both enthrall and stimulate you, by giving you a unique insight into her daily life. You will be inspired, as well as motivated, by sharing this in-depth look at the special bond she and her husband
Chooch share, in giving to Jimmy an optimistic and realistic blueprint, for a full and happy life and a bright future.
You will laugh, you will cry, you will be raised to great expectations for the possibilities of life, in the face of adversity, as you share one woman's enduring odyssey with her child. From her joy at the birth of her precious child, to the unrelenting challenges of daily life that confront both parent and child, you will be left with both a full heart, and a renewed sense of wonderment, at how we can all rise above adversity and achieve miracles, through dedication, determination, and of course, unconditional love.
Jimmy started saying Mom and Dad from about six months old and was always happy and good-natured. However, by Jimmy’s first birthday party, he still wasn’t sitting up. I could prop him up with a pillow or put him in a highchair, but he seemed to be very uncomfortable. He would lay on the floor and roll in the direction he wanted to go. At about fourteen months old, he began to army crawl on elbows and toes very low to the ground.