St. Martin's Press
In the tradition of Lorenzo's Oil, a brutally searing story of one mother's quest to save her child's life.
One day Kelly Crimmins was a happy seemingly healthy twelve-year-old; the next she confessed to her mom that she’d had blood in her urine for months. After a series of tests, Kelly was diagnosed with a life-threatening, potentially terminal autoimmune disease.
A Mother’s Nightmare details Cathy and Kelly’s three-year medical and emotional journey, which took them from Philadelphia to Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic and back again. Cathy writes about the toll taken on a young girl who suddenly becomes a patient, and about a mom who in fighting for her little girl’s life becomes sick herself with worry and fear. As she did in her award-winning Where Is the Mango Princess?, Cathy makes illness both personal and universal. It’s an account all readers will find memorable and moving.
Praise for Cathy Crimmins
“Simply amazing . . . an astonishing, alchemical story of tragedy and recovery.”
- Anne Lamott on Where Is the Mango Princess?
“A portrait of family tragedy all the more poignant for mixing humor with blazing honesty.”
- Elle on Where Is the Mango Princess?
“Transcends the subject of illness to become an inspiring meditation on the enduring nature of love.”
- Us Weekly on Where Is the Mango Princess?
“Devastating yet unsentimental . . . Cathy Crimmins has enormous gifts as a storyteller.”
- Mark Richard, author of The Ice at the Bottom of the World on A Mother's Nightmare
A Heartrending Journey into Near Fatal Childhood Illness