My Ordinary Son

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AuthorHouse, Sep 15, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
Surviving the loss of a child is a horror that no parent should have to face. Sadly, it happens every day. I faced this horror on June 30, 2002 when my son was killed in a car accident at the very young age of nineteen. Life was over, as I knew it. In my darkest hours, I would focus on my husband and two beautiful daughters. I could not bear to lose them too. I was determined to survive and keep my family whole. As I embarked on the road to recovery I ventured back out into the world and crossed paths with many old and new friends. Continually they would comment on how good I looked but if the same tragedy had happened to them, they would not be able to do it. They would ask, "How do you do it?" Each time feelings of anger would rise up inside me. Did they think that I did not love my son enough? Did I look too good? I decided to channel my anger and use it to write this book. "My Ordinary Son" discloses my journey of "how I did it".

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About the author (2006)

Debra J. Zabierek was born and raised in a small New England town called Methuen, Massachusetts.  At the young age of eighteen she met the man of her dreams, Gary.  They married two years later.  Debra and her husband raised three beautiful children, Aaron, Ashley and Alyssa.  Being a wife and mother is the job she loves and is most proud of.  Her life centers around her family and home.  She admires Martha Stewart and co-workers fondly call her Martha Junior.  Loosing her nineteen-year-old son shattered her dreams.  While trying to survive the tragedy, she was determined to preserve her family.  Through the book “My Ordinary Son” she hopes to enlighten those around her on how she survived the loss of her precious son and kept her family strong.


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