If you’re following my blog this month, you may remember me saying that some of the titles of memoirs can be a bit problematic. Students of disability studies would point to the emphasis being on the syndrome instead of the person, and the implication that all people with Down syndrome are “Like Kimmy” as inappropriate. That being said, I do believe that all personal truths deserve to be heard.
“When Judith Mathewson found out her premature daughter was diagnosed with Downs syndrome, she felt it was an unexpected blessing from God. Though weak and frail, mentally challenged and physically handicapped, Kimmy’s loving smiles and trusting nature brought more into other people’s lives than they could have ever brought into her own. Judy shares her inspiring and heartwarming story of raising three young children while suffering the physical and mental abuse of her former husband. Loving each child equally and nurturing them individually set a perfect example for her daughters, Suzanne Miller and Tamara Keene, who played an instrumental part in teaching and assisting Kimmy in the everyday ways of life. More than a book about a special needs child, this is a book about strength, perseverance, and unconditional love between a mother and her children.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the disability studies of it all, let me know – I’m working on a course for parents who want to explore this topic from our unique perspective.
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