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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
My Son: Living Life With Down Syndrome: First Year of Life by Amy Sprague is the poignant story of the author's life which changed dramatically a year after she turned 23. She was happy she was going to be a mother though she wondered if she would be able to take care of the baby and also be financially stable and provide for all its needs. Her life turned upside down after Cooper's birth when the two genetic counselors at the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Eastern Maine Medical Center told her Cooper was showing signs of Down Syndrome. The book chronicles the first year of Cooper's life, the author's struggle dealing with Cooper and his Down Syndrome, his complicated and complex surgery, Cooper's recovery, and the author's bonding with her son.
Though short, the author's story will tug at the heartstrings of readers and leave them teary-eyed. The book is raw and honest, and Amy Sprague's bonding with her son is tangible to readers. The book also celebrates the preciousness of life and there are some great emotions and moments in the book that will stay in the minds of readers. The author gives some good insights that will help readers who are dealing with a child who has Down Syndrome and will give them information about the special care that might be needed. Her story gives hope, courage, and determination to all parents who are in similar situations and will help them enjoy all the moments they spend with their angels.