Remembering Noreen

by Kathleen Dunham

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/11/2024

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9798765249338
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9798765249345
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 110
ISBN : 9798765249321

About the Book

Four-year-old Kathleen Dunham loved her baby sister months before she was born. Although her father once told her that everyone has a purpose in life, Kathleen had no idea that she would find her purpose with Noreen’s entrance into the world. After Noreen’s doctor diagnosed her with severe physical and mental disabilities and suggested that her parents institutionalize her, they shunned his recommendation and brought her home where they lovingly cared for her until their deaths. As Kathleen leads others through Noreen’s life from birth and through her last days fighting brain cancer, she vividly describes their challenges as the family learned there were few services available to help Noreen as she battled cerebral palsy, how she came to unconditionally accept her sister, and ultimately witnessed the beautiful rewards and miracles that accompanied living with her best friend. Remembering Noreen chronicles the life of a gentle soul with an intellectual disability and her remarkable influence on her family and those she met on her journey through life, as told by her sister.

About the Author

Kathleen Dunham has been an educator for over forty years that includes work in early childhood, special education, and at the university level. She lives in Michigan with her husband where she is currently writing a children's book about the importance of acceptance and inclusion of disabled individuals of all ages. Dr. Dunham’s sister, Noreen, died on April 23, 2017 at age sixty-two.