That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister

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Hachette Books, Jan 6, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
Meet Terrell Dougan's sister, Irene: a woman in her sixties who still believes in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny--but who also enjoys playing those characters for the children at the local hospital; whose favorite outfit, which she'll sneak into whenever Terrell's back is turned, consists of Mickey Mouse kneesocks and shorts; who wins over the neighborhood kids by hosting two fire trucks at her lemonade stand; whose fridge bears a magnet: NORMAL PEOPLE WORRY ME.

When Irene was born, her parents were advised to institutionalize her. They refused and instead became trailblazers in advocating for the rights of people with mental disabilities. The entire family benefited, with a life rich in stress, sorrows, hilarity, joy, and overwhelming kindness from strangers. Terrell has found that the only way to get through the difficult moments is to laugh--even in the most trying of times. In her moving, funny, and unforgettable memoir about life with Irene, Terrell Dougan shows that love, humor, and compassion are enough to heal us, every single day.

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User Review  - ChristineEllei - LibraryThing

This was a humorous, usually heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking book about a difficult subject. Terrell’s sister, Irene, suffered brain damage at birth and would forever be a child in heart and ... Read full review

THAT WENT WELL: Adventures In Caring for My Sister

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Memoir of the author's enduring devotion for her special-needs sister oscillates from heartbreaking to uplifting with the flip of a page.Born during a relentless Utah electrical storm in 1946, Irene ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Terrell Harris Dougan's weekly humor column ran in the Deseret News for thirteen years, and won an award from the National Federation of Press Women for best humor column. As an actress and model, Dougan has been in hundreds of TV commercials and voiceovers. She also served on the founding Board of the Sundance Film Festival. She served as President of the Utah Association for Retarded Citizens for eight years, and on the Board of National Association for Retarded Citizens for two terms. She lives with her husband in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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