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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.

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My Middle Aged Baby Book

My Middle Aged Baby Book

First lost tooth. First colonoscopy. First second mortgage. First chin hair. First comb-over. All of these memorable firsts belong in MY MIDDLE-AGED BABY BOOK: A Place to Write Down All the Things You'll Soon Forget.

A padded and chewable keepsake with room to write in significant firsts, it's a perfect gift for a milestone birthday, when you're old enough not to take yourself too seriously.

There are write-in sections to record the significant milestones of middle age ("my first elastic-waisted jeans purchase") and to note important information that you might otherwise forget at this age (like your voice mail's password); your favorite nursery rhymes retold (like "Jack and Jill went through the mill of sexual dysfunction"—see page 41 for the rest); and hilarious illustrations throughout. And because you probably can't find your reading glasses, it's all presented in large type on anti-glare paper.

But are you old enough to deserve your own MIDDLE-AGED BABY BOOK?

  • Do you turn to the obituary pages for reassurance?
  • Are you always checking your cholesterol?
  • Can you remember the title of the last book you read?
  • Does your medicine cabinet look like a pharmacy? (See page 54 for an example.)

On the pages of MY MIDDLE-AGED BABY BOOK you'll finally find the definitive answer to the age-old question, "Am I smiling, or is it gas?"

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Praise for My Middle Aged Baby Book:

Middle age goes by so fast. How wonderful of Mary-Lou Weisman to provide a record book of our estrogen years so that we can relive every moment of our meltdowns . . . . A great gift for middle-agers and those in denial.

~ Erma Bombeck

Intensive Care

Intensive Care

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.

“A Classic”

~ Maggie Scarf

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Praise for Intensive Care:

This book – so wise, powerful and moving, so seductively engrossing – is a brilliant debut.

~ Publisher's Weekly

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.

~ Robert and Suzanne Massie

There are times where the power of Weisman’s prose squeezes the heart like a sponge, but perhaps the best moments leave you laughing.”

~ Phyllis Theroux, Washington Post

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