Finding Matthew: A Child With Brain Damage, A Young Man With Mental Illness, A Son And Brother With…

Paperback | October 30, 2012

byDonna Kirk

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&#8220So many things in the book resonate: the sorrows, struggles, and challenges, as well as the guilt and despair &#8212 and, through it all, the surprising and amazing presence of love and joy &#8212 that come with being a parent of a child with a disabilty.&#8221 &#8212 JIM TRIANTAFILOU, Executive Director, Brampton Caledon Community Living

&#8220... a true story in several senses ... true to life in general, true to family life in particular, and true to medicine ... a wonderful book.&#8221 &#8212 GERALD TAYLOR, M.D., Mississauga, Ontario

During the first few weeks after Matthew Kirk was born &#8212 brain-damaged as a result of oxygen deprivation during delivery &#8212 the doctors advised his parents, Donna and Ed Kirk, to put him in an institution, have another baby as soon as possible, and get on with their life.

But what the doctors didn't understand was that Matthew "was" their life. Indeed, as he grew, he would surprise everyone with his athletic good looks, spirited personality, and supreme ability to create joy and love as so many people gathered around to help him through his physical and mental struggles.

Now, with the publication of this clear-eyed, laugh-inducing, and heart-tugging book, Donna Kirk recounts the story &#8212 the "love story" &#8212 of how she and her family found Matthew, and how he found them.

Donna Kirk is also the author of short stories, which have been published in "The Daily American," "Ars Medica," "CommuterLit," and "The Quick Brown Fox." She lives with her husband, Ed, in Oakville, Ontario.

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&#8220So many things in the book resonate: the sorrows, struggles, and challenges, as well as the guilt and despair &#8212 and, through it all, the surprising and amazing presence of love and joy &#8212 that come with being a parent of a child with a disabilty.&#8221 &#8212 JIM TRIANTAFILOU, Executive Director, Brampton Caledon Communi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.66 inPublished:October 30, 2012Publisher:BPS BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1927483352

ISBN - 13:9781927483350

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