Weeding Out the Tears: A Mother's Story of Love, Loss, and Renewal

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Avon Books, 1997 - Medical - 225 pages
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Ryan White was an American hero. A thirteen-year-old hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through tainted factor needed to treat his hemophilia, he confronted the ignorance and bigotry all around him with a quiet strength and patient determination - and, in doing so, was instrumental in educating and awakening a nation by giving a child's face to the dread disease. And one woman stood beside him throughout his five-year-long struggle for acceptance and understanding, helping Ryan to discover the wisdom and maturity to deal with the media, the strength to overcome prejudice, and the courage to face death. That woman was his mother, Jeanne. Weeding Out the Tears is Jeanne White's poignant and uplifting personal story of struggle and survival...of the family that sustained her; the neighbors that betrayed them; the celebrities, like Elton John and Phil Donahue, who offered their comfort and support; and the nation that ultimately listened. It is an antidote for despair - a mother's inspiring account of the values, pride, inner fortitude and hope that enabled her and her loved ones to endure tragedy and rediscover the sweetness there is in life.

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A simple but affecting memoir of one mother's tragedies and triumphs in the age of AIDS, written with the help fo Dworkin, a former editor of Ms. magazine. White, whose son Ryan became the center of a ... Read full review

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It has been seven years since the death of Ryan White, a teenager who contracted AIDS while being treated for hemophilia. Given three to six months to live, Ryan lived five and a half years before his ... Read full review


Foreword By Phil Donahue
Prologue Dear Lord please lei me do Ryan proud
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About the author (1997)

White has testified before the U.S. Congress on behalf of the Ryan White Care Act & established the Ryan White Foundation, an organization committed to increasing national awareness of personal, family, & community issues related to HIV/AIDS & teenagers.

Dworkin is a former contributing editor of Ms. magazine.

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