A Mother's Nightmare: A Heartrending Journey Into Near Fatal Childhood Illness

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Macmillan, Aug 18, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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In the tradition of Lorenzo's Oil, a brutally searing story of one mother's quest to save her child's life

One day Kelly Crimmins was a happy seemingly healthy twelve-year-old; the next she confessed to her mom that she’d had blood in her urine for months. After a series of tests, Kelly was diagnosed with a life-threatening, potentially terminal autoimmune disease.

A Mother’s Nightmare details Cathy and Kelly’s three-year medical and emotional journey, which took them from Philadelphia to Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and back again. Cathy writes about the toll taken on a young girl who suddenly becomes a patient, and about a mom who in fighting for her little girl’s life becomes sick herself with worry and fear. As she did in her award-winning Where Is the Mango Princess?, Cathy makes illness both personal and universal. It’s an account all readers will find memorable and moving.


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Prologue The Mother Speaks or How I Became Sick Mommy
1 The Mystery Illness
2 The Diagnosis
3 Hurry Up and Wait
4 The Body Rebels
5 Romancing the Stone
6 Hospital Days
7 The Road to Mayo
8 Acute to Chronic
9 Hold the Mayo Full Speed Ahead

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About the author (2009)

Cathy Crimmins is the author of many books, including the memoir Where Is the Mango Princess?, which received the 2001 Outstanding Book Award in General Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was made into a movie starring Julianna Margulies on TNT. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit her Web site at www.cathycrimmins.com

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