Brooke's Journey of Heart

A Mother & Daughter Story of Spina Bifida, Home, and Family

by Beverly Charles & Brooke Klemme



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/16/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781477232262
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781477232255
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781477232248

About the Book

Brooke’s Journey of Heart is the story of a daughter who lives each day with the disabilities delivered with her at birth and the mother who gave birth to her. Beverly Charles asked her daughter, Brooke Klemme, if she would like to write her story of living with Spina Bifida. Brooke responded, "Yes! There are two sides to every story." Brooke and Beverly show us both sides of their story in the context of faith, family, and friends. In 1971, more than 6000 American children were born with Spina Bifida, but like most people, Beverly Charles knew nothing about this condition until she gave birth to her third and last child. In this touching memoir co-authored by Charles and her daughter Brooke Klemme, we learn first-hand not only what it means, but what it feels like - to raise a disabled child, to watch her suffer and triumph, and to be that child, who now as an adult, tells her side of the story. Most parents will never have to answer this question - should your new baby live? For Brooke's mother, there was only one answer, an answer that would involve multiple surgical procedures, interminable hospital stays, and an army of doctors and therapists - an answer that would change her and her family forever. This book is a spiritual memoir and a medical one. The authors make connections with Eastern and Western religious practices that have seen them through difficult and joyous times for over four decades. Their story transcends the personal to offer hope and help to other parents who have faced the same hard question and who, like Beverly and Brooke, answer "YES." As one reader said, “I loved it. I laughed, cried, got mad, got sad, and now feel like a part of your family.”

About the Author

Beverly Charles & Brooke Klemme Beverly Charles lives in rural Texas with her husband, Larry. They each enjoy the big Texas sky, the fauna and the flora, visiting with family and friends, reading lots of books, watching movies, cooking, traveling, and exploring the artist life by learning more about writing and painting. She writes and takes photographs, and he paints using watercolors. She coaches a few clients, some in writing and some in leadership, and offers memoir writing workshops. This is Beverly's second book. Her first book was a memoir, How I Discovered My Mother Was A Goddess - A Daughter's Story. Brooke Klemme lives in the Denver metro area with her husband, Phil. They both work for the Federal Government. Each year they invite family and friends to share in the tradition of walking in the Denver Spina Bifida's annual Walk 'n Roll event on Mother's Day. Together they enjoy attending concerts by their favorite artists, going to Rockies, Bronco, and Avalanche games, travel, family, friends, and home projects. This is Brooke's first book.