Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges

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Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges" is an inspirational story about transforming and overcoming challenges. Like most expectant mothers, 39 years ago, Debbie Jorde was expecting her first perfect baby.She already had what she perceived to be the perfect marriage, as well as what she thought was the perfect life. Then came the delivery date and her perfect baby wasn't so physically perfect, in fact, she was severely disabled and deformed.She wasn't even expected to live and the doctors had few answers. After her second child was born, with the same disabilities, came the dissolution of what Debbie thought was a perfect marriage. She was destined to become a single mother dependent on public aid to help care for her children. The illusion of her perceived perfect life was reduced to that of a divorced, single mom raising children with lung disease, autism and a rare disabling disorder called Miller syndrome that affects only 30 other people worldwide. Debbie found herself forced into an odyssey of self-examination through issues such as divorce, single motherhood, eating disorders, addiction, self-worth, and the definition of beauty. The challenges faced in the process led Debbie to redefine her definition of happiness, success, and perfection. The lessons learned and insights gained transformed her life into one that, while it won't ever be perfect, is full of acceptance, courage, and joy. Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges is a story of the power of a mother's love for her children and her journey of self-love. It is a story of struggles and learning to accept and overcome challenges.  One takes a front row seat as the author learns answers to questions asked decades ago that result in part from the family being the first ever to have their entire genome sequenced. This book is a reminder that in spite of the trials that cause us to think life isn't so perfect, with a little courage and a lot of love, all can learn to accept and overcome challenges, resulting in a more fulfilling life of happiness and joy.

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"I am aware of my differences and how they impact the experiences of other people by teaching them about diversity and showing them it is possible to face challenges and still enjoy a happy life. I am learning to love myself as I am, accept and love my differences, and be comfortable with my self."-Heather Madsen, 33, writer
 
"I've been denying that my disabilities exist most of my life because I want people to seethe many aspects of who I am. Today I am learning to embrace my inequalities and accept reality. Yes, I am different, and that is becoming one of my strengths."-Logan Madsen, 30, artist
 
Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges is the story of Heather and Logan's mother, Debbie Jorde. As a young mother, Debbie Jorde learned that we don't often choose the path our lives will take, but if we're lucky we rise to the test and keep moving forward. In her case and for the sake of her children,their family was the first family to have their entire genome sequenced, which resulted in identification of the Miller Syndrome gene and was highlighted on the cover of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times in March of 2010.For thirty years it has been a strange odyssey, one in which Jorde would learn to accept the unimaginable and celebrate all that she and her family has been given.
 

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Eight Fingers and Eight Toes: Accepting Life's Challenges is the story of Heather and Logan's mother, Debbie Jorde. As a young mother, Debbie Jorde learned that we don't often choose the path our lives will take, but if we're lucky we rise to the test and keep moving forward. In her case and for the sake of her children, their family was the first family to have their entire genome sequenced, which resulted in identification of the Miller Syndrome gene and was highlighted on the cover of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times in March of 2010. For thirty years it has been a strange odyssey, one in which Jorde would learn to accept the unimaginable and celebrate all that she and her family has been given. I am aware of my differences and how they impact the experiences of other people by teaching them about diversity and showing them it is possible to face challenges and still enjoy a happy life. I am learning to love myself as I am, accept and love my differences, and be comfortable with myself. Heather Madsen, 33, writer I've been denying that my disabilities exist most of my life because I want people to see the many aspects of who I am. Today I am learning to embrace my inequalities and accept reality. Yes, I am different, and that is becoming one of my strengths. Logan Madsen, 30, artist

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