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My Own Blood: A Memoir of Madness and Special Needs Parenting

4.94  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Mothering under normal circumstances takes all you have to give. But what happens when your child is disabled, and sacrificing all you've got and more is the only hope for a decent future? Full of rage and resilience, duty and love, Ashley Bristowe delivers a mother's voice like no other we've heard.

When their second child, Alexander, is diagnosed with a rare genetic
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Random House Canada
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Jan Markley
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Riveting and gripping. This isn’t your typical ‘rainbows, cupcakes, and unicorns what I learned about love from my disabled child’ memoir.
Ashley Bristowe book My Own Blood: A Memoir of Madness and Special Needs Parenting is a raw and visceral account of the cataclysmic rupture a disabled child has to a family, and the impact it makes on every aspect of your life: financial, emotional, psychological, and physical. Her story takes us inside her existential reckoning as she comes to terms with the
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Jennifer
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is a soul rending combination of devastating and uplifting. It does for motherhood with Glennon Doyle’s Untamed did for womanhood. It is honest, brave, full of my favourite swearwords, and a voice that will resonate with women and parents everywhere. It truly made me laugh, it truly made me cry, it made me cheer, swear along with her, and gasp at times in both delight and horror. I could not put it down, except when I needed to catch my breath. Highly recommend it.
Carla Bellamy
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s amazing how this brilliant, funny, bracingly honest book about parenting a special needs child perfectly encapsulates the rage, exhaustion, isolation, and borderline madness I’ve gone through attempting to parent two standard-issue children through this pandemic while also trying to maintain some semblance of a so-called professional life. For me, Ashley Bristowe’s sharp, hilarious, pitch-perfect description of what it feels like get up every morning to run another leg of a seemingly endles ...more
Andrew Taylor
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
You will find yourself re-reading passages just for the turn of phrase or the never-before-heard similes. Bristowe's writing is entertaining, to be sure: I kept searching the text for a "like button" (weird reflex, but there it is). The paradox, though, is that as much as you'll enjoy the agility of her prose, her message is profound and unsettling. You'll read and read, only to feel beaten bloody by the narrative when you finally put it down for a meal or to go pick up your own kids... A must-r ...more
Moonira
Apr 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ashley is so honest about that crazy balancing act of being a person and also a parent...She writes so poignantly about how dreams and goals had to be recalibrated, about reinventing herself because she was on a path she never imagined. I was overwhelmed by Ashley's strength and determination to dig in and move forward. And oh my goodness, you find yourself celebrating and sinking into all the moments of this wonderfully written journey (the audiobook is pretty fun to listen to as well).

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Renee Kerman
Apr 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In her raw, poetic, and heart-wrenching memoir Ashley Bristowe takes the reader with her through the completely unexpected diagnosis of her son Alexander with a rare genetic disorder. Despite the lack of support by the medical establishment, the government assistance programs, and her own extended family, Ashley, her husband and their young daughter undertake an extensive therapy program which transforms their house, diet, friendships, familial relationships and financial stability in order to u ...more
Jana E
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book made me laugh, cry, feel ashamed and feel empowered. That is a lot of feelings for someone who isn’t a parent at all, but the gut-wrenchingly honest tone of this book which is filled with both hope and despair, all packaged in a funny while-now-you-know tone, evokes ALL the feels.
If ever you’ve felt alone while you tried to do the impossible because there were no other options, you'll be able to relate.
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Cherry Rob
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
a MUST read .....this raw emotional true life story of a mother doing everything in her power to help her son reach his potential. One of the first children to be diagnosed with Kleefstra syndrome any kind of real help was very hard to find. This tiger of a mother , amidst great frustration with officialdom, gives her ALL and more to do what is needed for Alexander.
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