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The Cracks that Let the Light In: What I learned from my disabled son

Jessica Moxham

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A life-affirming story of a mother's experience raising her disabled son and what it means to be seen as different.

'A powerful, moving and inspiring story - it opens up a whole new world of understanding.' Esther Freud

'This is wonderful. I urge you to read it. It is life enhancing and I defy you not to fall in love with Ben!' Natasha Poliszczuk, Books Editor, You Magazine

'An honest and unflinching account of Jessica's journey as the mother of a child born with complex needs. Essential reading... and a source of solace for those who may find themselves on a similar path' Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

'Jessica's beautiful words gave me a deeper understanding about embracing disability. I am inspired and will be recommending this book to parents as a testament to following your parenting instincts.' Arabella Carter-Johnson, author of Iris Grace

'Jessica's story is gripping from the first page and gives such a powerful insight. Her words showed me a different world and at the same time reminded me of the common ground that all mothers share. Everyone should read this enlightening, moving, and ultimately hopeful book.' Milli Hill, author of the Positive Birth Book

'A courageous, heartrending story of grief, love and ultimately hope.' The Sun, 5 star review

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Jessica Moxham thought she was prepared for the experience of motherhood. Armed with advice from friends and family, parenting books and antenatal classes, she felt ready.

After giving birth, she found herself facing a different, more uncertain reality. Her son, Ben, was fighting to stay alive. When Jessica could finally take him home from hospital, the challenges were far from over.

In this hopeful memoir, Jessica shares her journey in raising Ben. His disability means he will never be able to move or communicate without assistance. Jessica has to learn how to feed Ben when he can't eat, wrestle with red tape to secure his education and defend his basic rights in the face of discrimination. As Ben begins to thrive, alongside his two younger siblings, Jessica finds that caring for a child with unique needs teaches her about appreciating difference and doing things your own way.

This uplifting story is about the power of family love, finding inner strength and, above all, hope.

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Praise for The Cracks that Let the Light In: What I learned from my disabled son

  • A powerful, moving and inspiring story - it opens up a whole new world of understanding.

  • An honest and unflinching account of Jessica's journey as the mother of a child born with complex needs. Essential reading... and a source of solace for those who may find themselves on a similar path. - author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife's Story

  • Jessica's beautiful words gave me a deeper understanding about embracing disability. I am inspired and will be recommending this book to parents as a testament to following your parenting instincts. - author of Iris Grace

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Jessica Moxham

Jessica Moxham is a writer with interest in the areas of parenting and disability. Her eldest son, Ben, is severely disabled, and she writes a blog discussing how she and her family support him with - and learn from - his disability. Her blog is read by parents, health professionals and educators, among others.

Jessica has given lectures to health professionals on her family's experience, from small groups of students to more than 100 doctors at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live and has written for the Guardian on austerity and disability.

Jessica is also a qualified architect and has worked in London and the Middle East. She now lives in London with her husband and three children, in the house she redesigned to suit Ben.

Find Jessica's blog at son-stories.com or follow her on Instagram at @jessmoxham.

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