Crooked Smile: One Family's Journey Toward Healing by Lainie Cohen

By Lainie Cohen

This relocating and encouraging memoir tells the tale of a unmarried, heart-wrenching 12 months in a single family's lifestyles within which a son sustains a serious mind harm, a daughter is laid low with a degenerative muscle , one other son is suspended from institution for drug use, and a grandfather passes away. With sensitivity and honesty, the mum recounts the harrowing days of stresses and ceaseless fear in the kin and divulges the significance of familial bonds in overcoming tragedy. greater than an account of heartache, this tale serves as a source for different households dealing with debilitating accidents and unforeseen trauma.

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They try to answer every question, but are unable to make predictions or give us the time-lines that we so desperately want. Everyone tells us that we must live day to day and wait patiently for changes. Waiting is very hard. We'd like to take control and not just sit passively. When we're with Daniel, Joel speaks loudly, hoping to penetrate this coma and bring him back to life. "Daniel, wake up. You'll be late for school. Daniel, wake up now," he urges. At home, our son would roll over and pull the blanket over his head.

Ten minutes later, I force myself out of bed and drive to work. My leather briefcase, almost empty, feels so heavy in my hand. I pull open the door and enter the school board office. The receptionist smiles at me as she answers the phone and jots down a message. Mouthing a silent hello, I follow the tapping sounds of computer keys and the beep of a fax machine to the main office where the secretaries greet me. Their compassionate looks tell me that they've already heard the news about Daniel. There is little to say.

Superimposed on this peaceful scene is the picture of my son lying in his hospital bed. My breath becomes shallow and my eyes brim with tears.

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