One Percent Chance: A Mother's Story

Weaver, Helen Sue

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Synopsis: With no appetite and a limp that quickly deteriorated into excruciating pain, a little six-year-old boy endured a month of doctor visits, a week-long hospitalization and surgery that left him and his parents with no diagnosis, no answers, but an abundance of fear. Through dogged determination and frantic research, the family found their way to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and started a three and one-half year protocol of daily chemotherapy for Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Given a verdict of a one percent chance to survive, this is his mother’s story of the struggle to leave no stone unturned in fighting for her son’s life. It is the personal account from her own journals of the emotional roller coaster taken by the whole family -- including the initial medical struggles, setbacks and unflinching resolve, plus the side effects of the medical treatment. It is also the account of the boy's resulting learning disability and of the effort and ingenuity to secure a bright future for him. This book is about a mother’s all-encompassing love, about gut-wrenching terror, and a true chronicle of intense determination. It is a celebration of beating all the odds.

About the Author: Helen Sue Weaver, author of ONE PERCENT CHANCE -- A MOTHER'S STORY, describes herself as a "mama bear," fiercely protective, and emphasizing her devotion to her children and family. She is a speaker on the topics of children with cancer, and children with learning disabilities. She was born in Akron, Ohio and raised in nearby Manchester in a close and loving family. She received a B.A. with honors from The College of Wooster and a Master's degree in Education from Duke University, majoring in Special Education. Early in her career she was the special education teacher at The Child In-Patient Unit at North Carolina Memorial Hospital (Chapel Hill), and then worked as a special education teacher at Hanna Perkins School, an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland). In 1997, she joined The Fletcher School (Charlotte), a school serving students with specific learning disabilities, where she is currently the Director of Assessment. Ms. Weaver has served as a deacon of her church, and is a volunteer interviewer of prospective students for Duke University. She has three grown children: Her first daughter lives in Ridgewood, NJ and is a lawyer; her son, Evan, lives in Richmond, VA and is a Doctor of Optometry, and her youngest daughter is a designer at a Los Angeles design firm.

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Title: One Percent Chance: A Mother's Story
Publisher: N&P Legacy
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: Fair
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