A luminous memoir about five generations of an Irish-American family whose fate was shaped by muscular dystrophy....
|Title||:||The Book of Kehls|
|Number of Pages||:||224 Pages|
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The Book of Kehls Reviews
A well-written, poignant story of a very brave woman and her family devastated by generations of young men debilitated by muscular dystrophy.Christine Kehl O'Hagan discovered a photo of "the boys" hidden in the back portion of a drawer and thus learned her families hidden secret that her mother became an only child when both her brothers died from DMD (Duchenne's muscular dystrophy.)Her mother married, had two healthy daughters and one son who, in his early years, developed the tell tale signs of DMD. Sadly, at the time her brother Richie was born, there was little research and Jerry Lewis telethons were not a reality.By the time Christine became pregnant, research indicated that it is the female who is predisposed to pass the faulty gene to male children. Despite this knowledge, Christine and her husband took a risk and became pregnant. Their first son was fine and they gambled one more time when their second son was born. Despite denial, sadly, Christine and her husband had to face the fact that their second son Jamie had DMD.This heartbreaking, yet hopeful story chronicles the way in which Christine's grandparents, parents, her brother, she, her husband and two sons coped with this terrible muscle wasting disease.This is an author who can write and express complex emotions. While at times the passages are raw with pain and grief, it is well worth the time spent in reading.