- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Precious Oil Publications; 3 edition (March 13, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992943280
- ISBN-13: 978-0992943288
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,038,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sheila Mary Taylor was born in Cape Town of Scottish immigrants, Dr James Garden Taylor, psychologist, behavioural scientist and author; and Dora Taylor, novelist, poet, playwright and literary critic. Sheila studied at the Cape Technical College, and also trained at the University of Cape Town Ballet School after which she went to the UK to further her career as a dancer. Instead she met and married Colin Belshaw, a mining engineer. The couple immigrated to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) where their three sons were born. When their youngest son developed primary bone cancer, Sheila sat at his hospital bedside and was impelled by the drama of this situation to write about the incredible battle they fought together. This true and thought-provoking story, Fly With a Miracle, was later re-published under the title Count to Ten, by Taylor Street Books in San Francisco, where until April 2014 Sheila was chief editor. Second editions of her four novels to date have now been published by Precious Oil Publications. Sheila and Colin spend six months of the year in Cape Town, the other six in Menorca and the UK. She loves music, photography, walking and dancing. Her love for ballet never left her and this love has inspired a number of her books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I was horrified, throughout the memoir, at how much pain and suffering the boy and his family had to endure. The talented author captured my heart and soul with her clear depictions of the horrors of cancer and chemotherapy. She gave a profound account from the beginning to the end.
In her book, Sheila Taylor takes you with her and her family as her youngest sons is diagnosed, undergoes a series of chemotherapy treatments, has surgery on the infected leg, has more chemotherapy and keeps his leg and learns to walk again. But will he ever fly an airplane? Amazingly, yes.
If your child has been diagnosed with cancer, or you know someone whose child has, this is a book to recommend to them, or give to them as a gift. It's not an easy journey, and Sheila Taylor doesn't try to make it so. It's a testament to her son's never-give-up spirit, the skilled physicians who treated him, and a family who loves and fights for him.
Every book that throws back at us the question: what would I have done in that situation? serves the greater purpose because it involves us, it makes us look at our own human state, makes us wonder if we too are made of the stuff heroes are made of, vulnerable heroes, like Sheila and Andrew and the rest of their family but heroes no doubt. Heroes trust in love, cling to their dreams, persevere and believe others will come to their aid with much needed expertise. Heroes don't complain, don't blame, don't get stuck in negativity. So despite the heaviness of the material this is a positive book, and it brings a hopeful message. Even on the darkest episodes Mrs Taylor has shone her loving light. I have cried mostly for the power of that love, which lacks in many places on this earth while it is so normal and needed.
I just found one question unanswered. What happened to Andrew's pots for posterity, which his mother so arduously hurried across the streets of London? :-)
A story can be so gripping that it glues you to the page but this is only possible when the quality of the writing is superb. Also is this respect Count To Ten is a polished gem.
Like others I want to thank Mrs Taylor for sharing this dark cloud in her family's history with us and for showing us how such a process can and should be approached. Truly an example to cherish and pass on. Do read Count To Ten!!!
'Count to Ten' is a brilliant book, written so well that the reader takes each step of the way along this journey with the mother, the author.
I can't tell how much I admire Sheila for sharing the story of herself and her son.