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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Seven-year-old Ben Perreth is found in a coma. He suffers a mysterious brain hemorrhage and even his neurosurgeon does not expect him to survive the surgery that has to be done on him immediately. What follows is a series of mental health and disability issues that will profoundly affect his family and the little boy himself. This is his story as told by his mother. The 30 chapters of this book chronicle their lives as they go through the depths of despair to the pinnacle of triumph in fighting this challenge. Can Ben and his family triumph over the debilitating physical and emotional upheaval?
"Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope" is an extraordinary story of a little boy's resolve to overcome a debilitating disease. After what seems like an impossible situation, Ben and his family struggle for sixteen years trying to overcome the odds. They simply refuse to give up and the family insists on living a happy life. It is amazing how Katherine Perreth's engaging sense of humor shines through even in the most difficult of situations. Refusing to resort to self pity, they fought the disease with a combination of determination, persistence and humor. This book is a frank and candid chronicle of coping with mental illness in the family. The author succeeds in removing the stigma that comes with mental illness. With refreshing candor, through this narrative Perreth proves that people with disabilities and mental illness can do something fulfilling with their lives. Above all, this inspiring story proves that love, mixed with a healthy dose of humor, can conquer all.