Friday, February 10, 2017
Of This Much I'm Sure by Nadine Kenney Johnstone Review
National Infertility Awareness Week runs from April 23rd through the 29th
At twenty-two, Chicagoan Nadine Kenney is thrilled to meet her future husband, Jamie, while vacationing in Florida. After a whirlwind, long-distance romance, Nadine leaves her friends, family, and city to join Jamie in suburban Massachusetts. Once married, they begin trying for a baby without knowing how hard that road will become.
Nadine soon faces the little-known horrors of IVF when a procedure causes severe internal bleeding, and she wakes up from emergency surgery with a six-inch scar instead of a baby bump. In the difficult year that follows, anxiety and additional failed fertility treatments threaten her new marriage and her mental state. By some saving grace, she eventually becomes pregnant naturally, but the horrors are not over: her son is diagnosed with potentially terminal kidney complications. Ultimately, Nadine learns that in an unpredictable life, the only thing she can be sure of is the healing power of hope.
You can purchase this book on Amazon.
About the Author:
Nadine Kenney Johnstone is author of Of This Much I’m Sure (She Writes Press, 2017), a memoir of her experiences struggling with IVF and illness, and the healing power of hope and love. Her work has been featured in Chicago Magazine, The Month, PANK, and various anthologies, including The Magic of Memoir. Nadine, who received her MFA from Columbia College in Chicago, teaches English at Loyola University and doubles as a writing coach, presenting at conferences internationally. She lives near Chicago with her family.
I received a complimentary copy.
Cassandra's Review- Get ready to grab the tissues as this book starts off lighter then gets so incredibly sad. It becomes a roller coaster of joy and sadness that I had not prepared for. I know that in this world people want a baby (actual birth), but with adoption and so many other babies in the world that would love to have this author for a mom, this was the tough point for me.
To almost kill yourself in order to conceive and then have a baby that will struggle as well is just terrible. I get the story of hope included and wish that people will read this and decide to adopt or foster the billions of lost souls that are waiting for a home.
Posted by Cassandra McCann