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About Survivor Mom
I am the surviving, 75 year-old mother of Peter Weisman who died of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in 1980. I wrote a book called Intensive Care: A Family Love Story about the experience. The book is about how a family struggles and often thrives, even under the constant threat of death. This blog is my cyber-sequel. From a survivor's vantage point, I'm going to blog, in honest detail, about how life was then, and how it is now. Expect to feel better.
A book about loving and caring for a child with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Intensive Care: A Family Love Story is a memoir about how my husband, Larry and I, along with our sons Adam and Peter, struggled to thrive as a couple and a family, even as Peter was dying of muscular dystrophy. Admiring critics have variously described Intensive Care as “rowdy,” “angry,” “moving” and “sometimes hilarious.” The book, originally published by Random house, was made into a movie starring Liza Minnelli.
Praise for Intensive Care:
This book – so wise, powerful and moving, so seductively engrossing – is a brilliant debut.
This is an exhilarating book about life, love and joy as well as about sadness and death. It is wonderfully written; probably you will read it without getting up from your chair.
There are times where the power of Weisman’s prose squeezes the heart like a sponge, but perhaps the best moments leave you laughing.”