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Life with a Superhero: Raising Michael Who Has Down Syndrome (Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series) Hardcover – June 25, 2013
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“Life with a Superhero’s greatest strengths are the aesthetic value of the writing—it’s very lyrical and beautiful—and the uncommon perspective on parenting an older child with Down syndrome.”—Kathryn Soper, author, The Year My Son and I Were Born
“By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Kathryn Hulings’ debut book is a moving portrayal of family and community dedication and love.”—John Calderazzo, author, Rising Fire: Volcanoes and Our Inner Lives
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Michael- born to a family a world away from the area Kathryn Hulings lives- had no way of knowing how different his life could and would be. His birth mother knew- knew that because Michael was different- she could not raise him. She chose to do 3 things, 3 remarkable things as Kathryn states- the most remarkable thing was a lie. A lie that could have far reaching consequences. Michael's birth mothers told her family that Michael was not alive. Thus this lie change Michael's life from how it would be in the area he was born in to the life it was to become nestled in Kathryn Hulings' arms and loving, open family.
Kathryn was no stranger to therapy as her other children went for various therapies from time to time. But Michael was so different- because of his Down Syndrome, at first, he was exposed to a litany of different therapies to help him achieve milestones. Soon, though, Kathryn learned the family would have to be the therapists- that professional was great for check in's- but she needed to have a hands on role. She embraced her role and Michael began learning to crawl, walk, and talk- maybe at a slower pace than his brothers and sisters- but still reaching those milestones.
Kathryn, as a mother, did not always do things the "right" way- she made mistakes, she cursed, she not a perfect mother. But she loved her kids- and the love of her kids almost played a role in her leaving the world too early. Kathryn had a routine surgery- a hysterectomy. Unknown to her, the doctor had a list of complaints and was engaging in self-medication.Read more ›
The family photos were fun. I noticed that Michael had a great smile in the pictures. The rest of the family looked happy as well. I have to say that this is the type of book I want to read when I think of memoirs/nonfiction stories about real people. Because I felt like the book was not over edited, I really got to know everyone and this helped me to really enjoy this book. Also, I have to agree with another reader's comment that this book gives a good insight into someone living with this condition from birth to adulthood. Life with a Superhero is a super, good read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I downloaded and read the entire book the same day. Compelling, touching, well-written, enlightening. I'll be recommending this to my book group.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recently read "Life with a Superhero" about the Hulings family's experiences raising Michael, a boy (now a man) with Down syndrome. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The was a great book following a family and their love for a wonderful child throughout his life (to date). Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Amy Siler