This week I have a guest post by Kathryn Chastain Treat. I met Kathryn when we began following each other’s blogs. She’s an amazing human being with a deep inner strength and a passion for writing. I’m honored to have her here today to share about her new book.
I would like to thank Jen for hosting “Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage, and Hope” on its first ever book blog tour. Jen has been a loyal reader of my blog.
“I feel so utterly alone. I don’t really have any friends. Everyone is out doing his or her own thing and here I sit. It’s like I don’t have a life any more. My heart aches for my life back. I try to make appearances of things being under control but they aren’t. I can’t go anywhere with the girls (referring to my daughters). I can’t take them shopping any more. They say they understand, that it is okay, but it is not okay to me. I want to do things with them again. My life has been taken away from me…My heart is breaking. I feel like a part of me is missing and that I will never get it back.”
It was hard to cope with what my life had become. I could not fathom how my illness had affected my daughters. I was so wrapped up in my own pain, my own hurt, and trying to survive that I didn’t pay
enough attention to how this was affecting them and their lives. As I was wrapping up my story, I asked them if they would be willing to write something to be included on how this affected them. Before I post excerpts from them, I want to say that I have healed enough to be able to do things I never dreamed of being able to do back when I wrote this in my journal. While my life isn’t perfect and I still have many limitations, I have come to embrace my life as it is now. After all, I am alive and isn’t that that what is really important?
“My mom is my best friend and I almost lost her….By the time I realized how sick my mom was, she was being shipped off to an environmental clinic in Dallas, Texas, and I was living on my own working full time and going to school part time. I thought I would be okay while she was gone, but I was wrong. The center of our family had left and we didn’t know when or if she was coming back…When mom finally came home, she was a different mom than the one I had always known…She was cautious and reactive and tired…” (Words from Sarah)
“…Before her illness, my mom’s creativity and resourcefulness made her a community leader, a good friend, and a great mother. From fixing a recipe or an unsuccessful science fair project to comforting my sister and me in times of teenage crisis, she was a master of making the most of difficult situations. She could simultaneously talk on the phone, make dinner, and solve a dispute between her daughters without batting an eye. When this illness came into our lives, I watched as it tried to destroy the very things I loved most about her….she became less patient, more forgetful, and unable to put together simple recipe…” (Words from Laura)
These pieces that my daughters wrote still bring tears to my eyes when I read them. I am so grateful that I have them in my life and that they have adapted to all my new and different ways with such courage and grace.
In celebration of my life and the completion of Allergic to Life, I am offering a giveaway of three autographed books through rafflecopter at the end of the blog tour.
Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…