One Strong Girl by Lesley BuxtonOne Strong Girl by Lesley Buxton

One Strong Girl

byLesley Buxton

Paperback | November 16, 2018

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One Strong Girl is a mother's vivid account of what it is like to lose her daughter, India, to a rare debilitating disease. The story is a bold description of what it means to deal with deep sorrow and still find balance and beauty in an age steeped in the denial of death. At ten, India climbed the highest on the rope at gymnastics, yet by sixteen was so weak she was unable to even dress herself. The narrative follows the six-year fight for answers from the medical community. Finally, after the genetic testing of India's DNA, it was discovered there were two mutations on her ASAH1 gene, a deadly combination. Today her cells are alive in a research lab at the University of Ottawa. This is a legacy that cuts both ways, a point of pride and pain. One Strong Girl is a story of what it's like to outlive an only child. It describes the intensity of loving a dying child and most importantly, the joy to be found, even amidst the sorrow.
Title:One Strong GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 16, 2018Publisher:Pottersfield PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1988286646

ISBN - 13:9781988286648

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A genius work of staggering heartbreak It's every parent's nightmare: one second an adored, happy, healthy 10-year-old is racing around as fast her lithe legs will take her, the next she's crashing face first into the ground with all the force gravity can muster. She didn't trip; she didn't faint. She just fell, as though some cruel ghost had whipped the dirt from beneath her feet. And then it happens again. And again. She has no idea why, onlookers can't explain it, and eventually an entire team of medical specialists will be equally baffled. As her injuries mount, things start to look very bad. It will take five and half years for science to unravel to the mystery of her condition but knowledge is powerless in the face of a disease so rare, India Taylor remains its only victim. Things get worse until they are the very worst. I'm not giving anything away with this untidy plot summary. The book opens with author Lesley Buxton on a flight to Japan, one of many journeys she'll take in tribute to her beloved only child. While this book is predicated on India's long decline and eventual death at just 16, it's about far more than that. One Strong Girl is also about India's short, brilliant life and her parents' fierce determination to let her live it to the fullest extent possible in increasingly desperate circumstances. It's about surviving unbearable grief. It's about staying gold as your world turns black. It is also an incredibly gripping read. You know what happens. That's clear from the outset. But you can't stop reading. Because Lesley Buxton has a singular voice: incisive and unaffected in description, measured and matter of fact in narration. This is a work of radical honesty, occasional humour and propulsive story-telling. If your heart has ever been broken, read this book. It will help you heal.
Date published: 2019-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Strong Book I bought this as soon as I could from my local Chapters, and I couldn't put it down from the moment I started it. It was so emotionally raw and beautiful and loving and sad. I recommend this to anyone who's grieved, anyone who has a child or even to anyone who has a mother. This book made me want to hug my mum and tell her how much I love her, and I think any book that can do that is a strong, noteworthy, important book.
Date published: 2018-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful and personal This is one mother's powerful and beautifully written story about her teenage daughter's life, her illness, and her death. It is also an exploration of Buxton's own role as a mother, and what it means to outlive your only child. She writes about how her daughter, India, wanted to be seen as more than just her illness, and through her words, we get to know India and her spirit. But, with evocative writing and a clear voice, Buxton also, unflinchingly, invites us into the most personal and painful events of her life. There were many times when my breath was taken away by the power of the smallest moment. The subtitle, "surviving the unimaginable" is beyond apt. It is a remarkably honest examination of grief. And how everyone else deals (or doesn't deal) with those who are grieving.
Date published: 2018-11-24