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The Gratitude Cloak : A Memoir / Kate Hammond

By: Publisher: New South Wales : Katie Hammond, 2023Description: 259 pagesContent type:
  • text
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  • unmediated
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  • volume
  • 9780646879574 (paperback)
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List(s) this item appears in: Autobiographies and Biographies - Interesting People | Mental Health and You
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One ordinary Tuesday, Katie finds herself catapulted into a parent's worst nightmare when a precautionary blood test reveals her five-year-old son Josh has leukaemia. The school run is diverted to the hospital emergency department, and she enters a parallel universe where chemo drips and hair loss are the norm, and even touching the supermarket trolley is a threat to Josh's life. With two more little boys and a husband with a spinal cord injury, Katie has to learn to balance family life with months of intensive hospital treatment for Josh. Her raw vulnerability is exposed as she finds a strength she didn't know she had - a strength fortified by moments of completely unexpected beauty and humour.

As survival mode kicks in, fuelled by a tidal wave of adrenalin, Katie is scooped up into an extraordinary healthcare system that ultimately saves Josh's life, leaving her blindsided with gratitude which she feels as a tangible thing: her gratitude cloak.

This frank, heartfelt and witty memoir sheds a warm glow over the darkest of times through Josh's two years of gruelling cancer treatment, and offers an insight into the heart of this traumatic experience. (Amazon website)

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Book Book NSW Rural Fire Service Library Safety and health Safety and health 14568 (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 14568

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