A Mother's Nightmare

A Heartrending Journey into Near Fatal Childhood Illness

Cathy Crimmins

St. Martin's Press

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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.

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A Mother's Nightmare
1 . The Mystery IllnessThe sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate. 
Jessamyn West 
 
 
What if I had known all along that it was going to happen? What if Kelly's disease hadn't come as a total surprise?I ask myself this often, since, in retrospect, it makes sense that our only child developed an impossibly bizarre autoimmune disease.Of course she did get terribly sick, and why not?Bad things sometimes come in sequence, and our family had been suffering through

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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


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About the Author

Cathy Crimmins

Cathy Crimmins is the author of  many books, including the memoir Where Is the Mango Princess?, which received the 2001 Outstanding Book Award in General Nonfiction from the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was made into a movie starring Julianna Margulies on TNT. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Visit her Web site at www.cathycrimmins.com

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A Mother's Nightmare
A Heartrending Journey into Near Fatal Childhood Illness
Cathy Crimmins

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St. Martin's Press
August 2009
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ISBN: 9781429967594
ISBN10: 1429967595
192 pages
$7.99
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