Friday, June 3, 2016

Becoming a Medical Mom Review

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Several days into Davy's 9 day hospital stay at the age of 2 months, I realized that I knew nothing.  I felt ignored by the doctors and confused by the terminology.  I constantly thought of questions to ask, but forgot by the time a doctor made it into the room.  I cried frequently, unable to figure out how to deal with the fact that there was something wrong with my baby boy.  I wanted to know why this was happening.

Becoming a Medical Mom Review

When we were discharged, it only got worse.  In desperation, I bought a plain spiral bound notebook, the kind I used to use in grade school, to try to keep track of all the information and questions I had for Davy's many medical concerns.  I stumbled along and eventually came up with a coping system for navigating my new life as a medical mom.


"A medical mom is a mother of a child with medical difficulties"
                                                                      -Ashley Bergris

Davy's first year was intense to say the least, but we survived and around the time he turned one, things started to improve.  By 18 months old, we were able to remove his feeding tube because he was eating 100% by mouth.  He still had a lot of medical issues though and so, when Ashley Bergris mentioned her new book "Becoming a Medical Mom" in a special needs Facebook group we're both members of, I knew I wanted to read it.

Becoming a Medical Mom Review

I bought the book and downloaded it onto my tablet.  Sitting down to read, I assumed I probably already knew most of the information, but figured it would be a good read nonetheless.

I was wrong.  Not about it being a good read, but about knowing everything already.

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I finished the whole book in one sitting.  And then I sat there mourning the fact that I hadn't had the book 18 months ago when my journey as a medical mom began.    

Becoming a Medical Mom

Ashley skillfully covers every aspect of being a medical mom in her book, from surviving hospital admissions to managing your child's medical records and information, dealing with insurance companies and unsupportive people in your life, and taking care of yourself and your spouse.  She left no stone unturned and having her book when Davy was an infant would've made a world of difference for my family.

This is why I'm sharing Becoming a Medical Mom.  It has nothing to do with promotion or having material for my blog.  It has everything to do with being sure that other moms (and dads) have this valuable resource so they don't have to go through what we did.  

This weekend, you can get your own ebook copy of Becoming a Medical Mom for only $0.99.  The sale runs from June 3rd at 10 am (Central time) through June 6th at 2 pm.

UPDATE: The sale is over, but you can still get a copy of the book in ebook or paperback versions.  I can tell you from experience that it's worth the money!!

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"Becoming a Medical Mom" by @AshleyBergris is a must have for special needs families!
 
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Author Bio: Ashley Bergris is a mother to a special needs child. She enjoys writing things she believes will be helpful to other moms with special needs children. Her first book, "Becoming a Medical Mom," is geared specifically toward helping mothers unfamiliar with multi-disciplinary medical care to manage their children's medical treatment. Writing is therapeutic for her, but as she started writing more and more about her son's difficulties she realized the information would be helpful to other mothers in similar situations.  You can read her blog at Struggling to Thrive.
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What's something you wish you'd known when you first became a medical mom?






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15 comments:

  1. It's June 6 before 2pm and I can't purchase the ebook for the .99 price. Can you tell me what else I need to do?

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    1. What country are you from? The author wasn't able to extend the sale to countries outside of the US.

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    2. I'm not sure what happened then! I just looked at the listing and it shows the regular price of $2.99.

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    3. I know. That's what I saw this morning. Thanks for checking.

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  2. Such valuable information. I know how you feel about mourning that you didn't have the book when you started your journey. I cared for my parents all last year before they died and only then did I start coming across information that would have been so helpful at the time. Glad you are sharing your story. I shared both your tweets. Our pain is never wasted. God is using you to help other moms. #overthemoon

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    1. If I can help one other person get through a tough time, than my pain has been worth it! God really does turn bad into good.

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  3. I have a special needs child, too, and I was so unprepared. I know how you feel! Thanks for sharing your story with us at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. I don't think there's any way you can truly be prepared, but having this book would really help! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I really need to read more books like these thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I really need to read more books like these thanks for sharing :)

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    1. This is a definite must read for medical moms!

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  6. This sounds like a great resource for medical mums everywhere - thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Yes, I really think they should hand copies of this book out at the doctors' when a child starts having medical problems!

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