Adjusting to life after being diagnosed with a chronic illness can be overwhelming for children and families. Having a resource, such as Tiger Livy, is helping kids understand their medical experience, validate emotions and build resilience. I’m excited to feature this newly published book with you and host a giveaway.
Guest Blogger, Erin Garcia from Tiger Livy
When people are seriously sick, the family must learn a “new normal” and tackle the challenging path of healing. This book’s intention is to provide a bit of insight, hope, relief, or maybe just a safe, sweet way to learn about something far too many families have to endure.
This book is chiefly inspired by coauthor Erin Garcia’s niece, Livy, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM or JM) at five years old. This rare disease causes a child’s immune system to attack their own body. JM begins with muscle weakness and a rash. It can be mild or so severe that it is life-threatening.
Proceeds from this book will be donated to the Cure JM Foundation to help fund research to find a cure. Garcia was also inspired by her older brother, now 40, who was a frequent patient at children’s hospitals throughout his childhood. She knows that childhood illness and treatment for congenital issues are very challenging for the child and the family. Everything changes and it’s easy to feel like a victim; no one deserves this, yet everyone in the family, not just the afflicted, must deal with it.
It’s so hard to really understand unless you have actually lived through it and Garcia attempted to craft a book with coauthor, Betsy Miller that accurately conveyed this complicated scenario to elementary age children. Anyone who has been seriously ill or helped a loved one with a disease knows how sickness can take over a person’s entire life. Healing an illness takes not just medication, but kindness, education, patience, and support. Tiger Livy touches on all these important aspects of life in an understandable and interesting way.
Consider joining the #TigerLivyProject, where you share your inspiration with other readers on Instagram and Facebook. You can learn more on the webpage, tigerlivyproject.com and purchase your copy on Amazon.
We will be giving away a copy of Tiger Livy to one lucky winner!
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Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 5/7/19.