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Book: She Is My Child
Author: Tammy Coulter
Release date: June 7, 2022
In 2007, fourteen-month-old Ava was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome, a rare, progressive, genetic disorder for which there was no treatment. The jarring news left her mother Tammy reeling and wondering what the future held for her daughter. As the days following the diagnosis blurred together, Tammy saw two paths before her—fall apart or fall into the arms of the Lord. For a time, she did both, struggling with her emotions one moment, feeling God’s peace the next, all while continuing to care for her young family. Slowly, through near-constant prayer and Bible study, her burgeoning faith grew stronger than her fear and distress, leading her to a path she hadn’t seen—one that would test her even more and offer help for Ava. In She is My Child, Tammy Coulter shares her spiritual journey, alongside Ava’s physical one, from diagnosis to surgeries to a long-anticipated Morquio clinical trial that had them flying to Chicago every week for more than two years. She reveals the most difficult moments and the greatest victories, as well as the humorous situations she and her daughter so often encountered, while highlighting God’s provision and what He taught her along the way.
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About the Author
Tammy Coulter graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a communication arts degree and a certificate in technical communication. She was a technical editor until the birth of her son, when she became a stay-at-home mom. After the birth of her daughter, her role expanded to include researcher, student of the Psalms, and full-time prayer warrior. In addition to writing, she enjoys quilting, reading cozy mysteries, and studying Bible prophecy and current events. Tammy lives in Madison, Alabama, with her husband, two children, and their Jack Russell terrier.
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When my daughter Ava was diagnosed with Morquio Syndrome, I was crushed and very frightened. Morquio is a progressive disorder and there was no treatment for it. How was my mother’s heart supposed to handle that? I’ll tell you how. By immersing myself in God’s Word. Only then did I begin to calm down and grow stronger in my faith, leaning on Him in ways I never had before. As I look back, I am still amazed at everything we went through and how God was present in all of it.
When we embarked on this trial, everything was new. The name of her disorder was new, seemingly constant doctor visits were new, and then, after four years of prayer for a treatment, a clinical trial for a new drug to treat Morquio was new. And so was the location. Chicago. That meant getting on a plane every week, also new, and flying there from Alabama, just me and my daughter who had just started kindergarten. It surely felt like God was doing a lot in such a short time. And He was. He took all the newness and turned it into both a testament to His provision and lasting memories for both of us. Not all of those memories are pleasant (the cab incident for one, though we joke about it now), but they remain as evidence of God taking care of us, bringing a sweetness to each remembrance. But, oh, so many of them are, and while we were going through something quite serious, the Lord, in His goodness, allowed us adventures, fun, laughter, and new friendships. Best of all, I had the most wonderful traveling companion who, at her tender age, taught me a thing or two along the way!
Just the other day, at a routine checkup, a specialist Ava sees said, “You just never cease to amaze me at how well you do.” I added that comment to so many other comments and experiences that have paved the path of my learning to turn to God first instead of immediately jumping into the quicksand of fear that will quickly suck me in if I let it. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Ava is now sixteen and the shy little girl I so worried over years ago currently wants to be a theater teacher.
I wrote this memoir to share how God provided for our family during a stressful period in our lives. It may make you cry some. I hope it makes you laugh a lot (let me tell you, Ava is a hoot). But the thing that would bring me the greatest joy is someone being encouraged in their own circumstances and life trials.
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
As parents one of our greatest fears is to get news from a doctor that something is wrong with your child. Our mind starts to take over and before we know it, we are lost and scared about what the next step is for our child. The author shares her journey with readers as a diagnosis for her daughter shatters their lives. I admire her determination to find out everything she could about this little known disease. We have to be the voice for our children and she stepped up and became more educated on the subject.
There were moments where she could have given up and not trust God. Instead she turned to God and her faith and gave all her worries to Him. He is the Physician and through Him we can be healed. No matter what the doctor may say, we know there is someone powerful that can do miracles. I loved seeing how both parents were there to get the best care for their daughter and were surrounded by people who prayed and encouraged them on their journey.
In the midst of all the doctor appointments, surgery and testing there were moments that were filled with laughter and joy. I loved the part about the special tea party that was given. I could picture these precious little girls in their hats, gloves and white dresses as they sat at the eloquent table. For a little time, Ava was a little girl without a worry in the world having a tea party with her friends. Those memories will last a lifetime and I like how her parents never missed a chance to make her life full of fun.
The book is an inspiration and I loved how the author was honest in her struggles as she watched her daughter go through doctor visit after doctor visit. We all have been through trials and this story has shown me how important it is to hold on t9 our faith and know that God is in control. We may face bumps along the way, but we also become stronger as our trust in Him grows.
I enjoyed reading about the plane rides and delays which were many. God placed so many wonderful people in Ava and her mother’s lives. God opened doors for Ava to be admitted to a clinical trial that saw many blessings and opened doors only God could do. Along the way we see how deeper the author’s relationship grew with God and how she knew that “She is my child.” Yes she is God’s child and watched over her and the author had to learn that God was in control and needed to trust Him with “his child.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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I liked the review, thank you.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great read!ReplyDelete
This is a sweet story of a mother's love for her child.ReplyDelete
Wonderful review, thanks for sharingReplyDelete
I appreciate reading about another mother's journey of faith because it encourages me.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your review of She Is My Child, as a mother of ten and grandmother of nineteen and counting I feel that I can truly relate to the author and her familyReplyDelete
I just want to thank you for taking the time to read and review my book, She is My Child. I appreciate it so very much! I look forward to reading your other reviews.ReplyDelete
All the best!