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Changed by Chance : My Journey of Triumph Over Tragedy (Paperback) (Elizabeth Barker)
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Elizabeth Barker has spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream—a dream that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and an accompanying fatal heart condition that requires immediate and future surgery, her perfect plans are turned upside down. Barker’s new reality is a detoured journey that feels more like an obstacle course of life-threatening encounters, medical mishaps, and a seemingly unending number of hardships. From the moment of her daughter’s birth, she is taught unrelenting life lessons that no schooling or formal education could ever teach: how to live and love unconditionally; how to battle health care providers and medical insurance carriers for proper care and coverage; how to advocate for a sick loved one; how to navigate the unfamiliar world of special needs care and education; and how to keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well along the way. And that, to her great dismay, is only the beginning.Poignant and inspiring, Changed by Chance, Champion by Choice is a courageous story of soul-searching introspection about acquiring the necessary life skills to survive and thrive. Barker credits her success to trusting her intuition and learning to accept the mystical interventions that helped her along the way—and how, through these experiences, she became her own life champion.
Number of Pages: 184
Genre: Biography + Autobiography, Family + Relationships
Sub-Genre: Parenting / Motherhood, Personal Memoirs, Children with Special Needs
Publisher: Ingram Pub Services
Author: Elizabeth Barker
Street Date: September 15, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-2684
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