Sometimes you never know how your connections will work. A local author and I had become “facebook friends” since we both knew another family who had experienced the terrible loss of their child. I followed her and noticed she was continuing to write books in the “Tell Me Town” series she created. The series was born out of her desire to give back to the community and help others.
Cindy Chambers was serving on the board of a local hospital and while on a tour she noticed the fear on both patient’s and parent’s faces as she walked through the emergency room. She thought to herself, “Oh, I wish there was a book that could explain what was happening to a child in words they would understand along with characters who were relatable”.
She left that day and soon after the book series was born. The books feature two main characters Kyle and his dog Beamer. They live in a fictional town and have learned about the emergency room, fire safety, Cancer diagnosis, Diabetes I and II diagnoses, and Alzheimer’s just to name a few. Cindy works along with the experts in each field to understand the complexities of each issue and writes a story kids will relate to and understand.
About two years ago I had noticed that she released a book about a friend with special needs. On a whim I sent her a message and asked if she had ever considered writing a book about Traumatic Brain Injury. She instantly replied that she had been asked before and would love to meet so we could discuss.
We met at a local coffee shop and as I expected she was absolutely delightful. She listened attentively to our family’s story and had some great ideas. We planned to meet again soon and to bring Middle Miss into the conversation.
Our next meeting occurred at our home and Middle Miss and Mike were brought into the conversation. We met a number of times to discuss the story and finally had a book. Cindy consulted with a local neurologist to understand what goes on in the brain when it experiences such an injury and works with her illustrator to bring the characters and words to life.
Ironically, the book was released the day before our 16th anniversary of the accident. Neither the publisher or Cindy knew the date so I call it serendipity. Although, this is not Middle Miss’ full story she contributed a lot of her symptoms and stories to bring the book to life. She was also able to contribute a statement in the book and Mike and I did as well.
We are so grateful for this opportunity as it gives Middle Miss a way to get part of her story out there. We also had the opportunity to meet the neurologist who helped on the project and Cindy presented Middle Miss with the most beautiful award. It was truly a very special day.
The book is available on Amazon. If you purchase the book we would love a review and I would love to know what you think.