Mommy and her son love to play together and act like superheroes! But one day, Mommy has something serious to discuss. She explains to her little boy that the doctor has found some “yucky stuff” in her body, and that she’ll need very strong medicine to get rid of it. Unfortunately, Mommy will need to go away for a while, and the strong medicine will take her “superpowers” away. She will look different, and not be able to do a lot of the fun things she normally does. What will her son do while Mommy is away? How will the medicine change her? When and how will Mommy get her superpowers back?
Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? is a heartwarming story for all parents struggling to balance a serious health crisis while caring for small children. Told from the child’s point of view, the story shows that what adults tell children about a family member’s critical illness may not be nearly as important as how adults share this information. What makes this book special and sets it apart from others is that no particular disease or treatment is specified, so it can be a useful resource for all families facing this challenge.
About the Author
Jenifer Gershman lives with her husband, Steven, and son, Jason, in Maynard, Massachusetts. In 2007, at the age of 38, Jenifer was diagnosed with amyloidosis, a rare blood protein disorder which, left untreated, is fatal. Without prompt and proper treatment, the prognosis is approximately 12 to15 months. Jenifer underwent high dose chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant … TWICE … both in 2007 and 2008. Her son Jason was only 4 years old at the time of her first treatment. She is currently in remission and happy to be living a healthy and active life with her family.
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