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Life on the Reflux Roller Coaster Paperback – February 22, 2004
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When we finally got out of our reflux hell, I started researching infant GERD to see how I could help other families - I never wanted another reflux family to feel as alone as we did. I stumbled upon Roni and Jean's book and could not believe my eyes. FINALLY, someone was bringing attention to this heartbreaking and unfair illness.
The authors of Life on the Reflux Roller Coaster do an extraordinary job of both explaining GERD/symptoms/treatments as well as telling a very personal and emotional story of overcoming enormous challenges with grace and love. The medical information is given in terminology and with explanations that everyone can understand - but that don't demean your intelligence. The personal story gives you hope that you too can make it through the struggle of infant GERD and bring your baby some relief. It also helps you learn the importance of being your child's advocate and helps you remember to trust your own gut and instincts as parents almost always know when something is wrong - despite what testing and doctors may say.
If your family is struggling with infant GERD, read this book! It will make you feel so much better - just in the fact that others are going through exactly what you are going through, and that your emotions and feelings are not only not "crazy" - but are actually very normal. In addition, consider giving the book to family and friends so they can learn about the condition and hopefully finally understand a little better the overwhelming amount of stress and worry that your family is going through.
I highly recommend this book and am SO glad that the authors wrote it. It was high time that someone brought attention to this awful illness/disease and advocated for babies going through so much pain.
Roni and Jean deserve Kudos, not only for their incredible dedication to helping Shae Lynne find relief from her pain, but also for sharing their always moving and sometimes hair-raising story with others. A must read for all professionals who come into contact with children who have GERD and their families.
Beth Anderson, President/Founder, PAGER (Pediatric/Adoloscent Reflux Association)