A mothers love so deep for her son that she fights the system to get the answers and help she needs to make him well. My heart wept. ~ Sheila
The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.
Sammy’s mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors’ prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth’s quest took her to the center of the medical community’s raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free.
First of all, what a powerful book and I have to say I am so impressed with Beth’s perseverance. I really felt for her as she struggled to find out what was happening to her son coming up against wall after wall. As Beth’s life takes a back burner to put her sons needs in front of all else. This book is a strong picture of the power of a mothers love. The fact that she wrote this book is going to be such a gift to others who are going through their own similar battles.
I picked up this book with a thought that I knew what I was about to read. I had an inkling of what this was about and getting further into the book I found I had truly no idea how deeply emotional this book would be. Having raised two sons of my own and battling one teacher myself who said that my oldest had ADD to the point that I put him on the medication prescribed by a doctor only to later find out he did not have it…. I barely grazed what Beth’s life must have been like and not even begin to know what it must have been like for Sammy.
A great and important read.