Daddy: the search for my father Kindle Edition
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She became an M.D. and married a gentle older man who helped her connect with her Jewish heritage and taught her to believe in herself as a woman worthy of love and admiration. His death from cancer was a great loss, but (like her early relationship with her father) the marriage left her a stronger person. She is now happily re-married and has a unique, pioneering medical practice in coastal Florida.
I read this book over a year ago and re-read it today. It's a complicated story and difficult to categorize, but the word that best describes it is "compelling." I think what sets it apart is that the author is both a scientist and a woman. Her telling of her life is stark and almost clinical, yet she conveys her feelings with tenderness and honesty. This is a book that stays with you.
Abuse can take on many forms and for Dr. Brand would withdrawal emotionally from her family growing up stemmed from her feeling unlovable with the fear of rejection. Her stepfather's declaration "I've tried to love her but I can't " and mother's screaming would silence her to where her mother would send her to a psychiatrist. Mixed in some unsettling moments will be the reflection of uncle Vic where he provided an oasis of love for her growing up.
There is much to read of her life as she transitions to adulthood. With many love mishaps along the way she reflects on her marriage to Rabbi Albert, 30 years her senior, as a man who built her self-esteem up and helped her break ties to the past that bound her to pain, fear and depression. I am reminded in her sharing this how vital one strong connection can be in the course of our lifetime.
She will relay her career moves, dating ventures, and final marriage to Jeff after Al passed away. Though she had her fair share of trials, she has learned to embrace life with new-found courage and excitement. Learn what led up to her receiving "Rookie Small Businessperson of the year" award and how she has transitioned from a withdrawn state to a life-giver of hope, physically and emotionally.
With the many years that have passed, and the losses of family members, she will no doubt leave her mark in this world as one that refuses to be defined by the scars. Rather, she looks to daddy as an embodiment of love and strength and forges ahead with renewed vigor. She exemplifies to all of us that we can rise from the ashes of life and become a conduit which blesses others.
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