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Saving Henry: A Mother's Journey Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 2, 2010
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"Any mother and any father will immediately understand why Laurie Strongin did what she did. As a doctor I know that all the science being developed, all the technology being perfected, all the studies in the medical journals, in the end, are about people and families, like Strongin's family.
Strongin has a gift for telling a complex medical story as an unfolding family narrative a family that in so many ways is my family, your family, anybody's family. Any of us in today's world could find ourselves facing the difficult and challenging set of decisions this family had to make. Strongin's story is a truthful and honest roadmap we may want to follow."—Dr. Ranit Mishori, Contributing Health Editor, Parade Magazine; Professor, Georgetown University School of Medicine
"There's a reason Saving Henry rings with so much truth: the author, Laurie Strongin, lived every word of it. It's her story, and her sons' and her husband's a vivid, beautifully rendered and almost painfully honest account of a journey none of them wanted to take, but could not avoid, thanks to a bad throw of the genetic dice. When their first boy, Henry, is born with a rare and always fatal disease, Strongin, who till that point had lived a rather charmed life, sets out to save her son. Trusting in science, holding to hope, and relying on love, she and her family find themselves at the very cutting edge of medical technology uncharted territory where the legal and ethical rules were still largely unwritten. She, her husband Allen, and especially little Henry, become pioneers in a landscape of complex technological procedures that offer hope but also bring pain physical pain, and, quite often, the pain of disappointment. And yet they keep trying.
The driving force of Saving Henry is this tale of a family that will not quit, that cannot see a little boy die not a little boy so full of the life force that even the doctors trying to save him hang photos of Henry in their labs and in their homes as a reminder of what life is really all about. Strongin sketches Henry with a mother's eye and with a mother's love. Because that is what this true story is truly about--a love that does not die when, even when, at the end, Henry dies--all efforts to save him having been tried and failed. For it's the "having tried" that gets the family through that final poignant day. It's the "having tried" that made Henry's case one doctors would later study to understand better how to improve their procedures to help other children. And it's the "having tried," finally, that compelled Strongin to write this book, so that others will remember that there are some struggles that are never worth giving up."—John Donvan, ABC News Correspondent
"How do you make beauty and meaning out of unimaginable sorrow? Saving Henry is a stirring account of struggle, love, and loss that manages to be both honest and inspiring."—Rabbi David Wolpe, author, Making Loss Matter and Why Faith Matters
"I first met Laurie Strongin when I wrote about her remarkable son Henry for the New York Times. But you can't meet the Strongin-Goldberg family and not come to see them as dear friends. You can't read their story without coming to love them, either. It's an important and newsworthy story, yes, a testament to how the debate over medical technology and stem cell research is not just an academic argument, but also a searingly personal one. Mostly, though, it's an intimate love story. We should all learn from Henry what his family has learned--to live well and laugh hard."—Lisa Belkin, writer, New York Times --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
More About the Author
Prior to joining Hope for Henry, Laurie was Senior Director of Wealth Creation at the Fannie Mae Foundation, the largest foundation in the country devoted to affordable housing and the revitalization of communities. Her career in housing began when she served as Deputy National Coordinator for Neighborhood Reinvestment's NeighborWorks Campaign for Home Ownership and as head of marketing for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Training Institute.
In addition to her work in the affordable housing field and as Executive Director of Hope for Henry Foundation, Laurie acts as a family advocate in the ongoing national discussion about ethics and genetics. She has participated as a panelist and guest lecturer in a range of forums from the Johns Hopkins Genetics and Public Policy Center to Georgetown University's Kennedy School of Ethics on the science of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and its use to preserve families. She has also served as family representative to the University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Working Group on Ethics and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. She published an op-ed in the Washington Post in the summer of 2006, on stem cell research titled "Vetoing Henry."
Laurie appears on a weekly radio show "Women Talk" broadcast on Clear Channel stations throughout the Washington metropolitan area.
Laurie's work with Hope for Henry Foundation has been recognized by the local Washington, DC ABC television affiliate. She received a 2005 WJLA-TV Toyota Tribute to Working Women Award "honoring outstanding individuals who make our community a better place in which to live."
Laurie lives with her husband Allen Goldberg and sons Jack and Joe in Washington, DC.
Top Customer Reviews
It reads like a mystery that you know the end of, but still need to find out how to get there.
It reads like an incredible love story that, again, you know has a sad ending, but was so worth it all the way.
It reads like a family chronicle of strength and support in a very Jewish way, for me.
It reads like an adventure story filled with Funland, Disney, Pringles, M&M's, and lots of ice cream.
It completely reads like a true hero story, and while I know it's Henry, it is so so Laurie. She keeps marveling at his courage, his attitude, his positivity, and while I know kids come with their own little packaged personalities, there is nurture involved, and he gets so much of his approach to life from her. That is clear as day.
I also learned a ton in a short time about how politics (not the boring kind) affects our very lives, and I mean that as our ability to actually stay alive. You can't read this without shaking your fist at the misconceptions that exist about stem cells and their origin.
It's not maudlin. I did not cry reading it. I was too interested. Strongin doesn't try to pull our heartstrings, but they are pulled nevertheless. I cried later, digesting it. For her loss, for all of our loss. For gratitude. Since my mom got sick with 4th stage lung cancer last year, we have been focusing on living each day the way Laurie talks about it.Read more ›
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Henry's parents determination to keep a positive attitude is the strongest I have ever seenPublished 2 months ago by Esraa
This book is about the life altering devastation a genetic disease can cause in a family, and especially in the parents. Ms. Read morePublished 18 months ago by W. Royer
This is an amazing story. It tells of a family's journey, as well as details of a rare genetic condition. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sarah A. Primeau
This was a beautiful story of a family's journey to save their son's life. I found myself reading this until my eyes were tired and then looking forward to the next day to see... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Amy
This definitely is a good book as you can tell from all the reviews here. Another really good book everyone will not be able to put down is SAVING JEFFREY.Published on March 26, 2011 by Dee from Brighton
This is an amazing story about a family's determination to make their child's life rich, fun and full despite his terminal illness and the stress it put on their family. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by CLHMomma
An amazingly poignant story, well written and very personal. Brilliant to see such a moving story also be able to capture the realities of politics and science in a way that the... Read morePublished on May 21, 2010 by Sarah Y
An inspiring and heart-wrenching story beautifully told. If you ever need a reminder of what really matters in life... well, just follow Henry's lead.Published on May 9, 2010 by E. Sanctis
I read this book because I heard about Henry from his aunt and I thought it would be a touching story. Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by groupworker