If not me, then who will save my child?
A mother must confront the unthinkable when her son is diagnosed with a rare medical condition.
Patti’s attention shifts fully away from her relationships and friendships as well as her own career and health. Her new normal sees her step into a dozen roles in addition to mom, including nurse, researcher, advocate, risk assessor, and promise maker, while she struggles and fails to rebuild her life as a freshly divorced woman. Adrift on the journey together, mother and son forge a connection like that of marooned shipmates.
In Loving Large, Patti’s voice exudes wit, wisdom, and humour as she discovers that resilience is learned and that the changes experienced in the aftermath of crisis can often create the greatest opportunities.
Loving Large takes the reader on an absorbing journey to a place that every parent fears, yet none truly believe they will ever have to go. Patti M. Hall inhabits the many roles her son’s health crisis demands of her in this intimate look at life with rare disease. The relationship between mother and son is equal parts engaging and hilarious, we are in the examining rooms with them, and holding our breath while they wait for good news. I felt myself relating to her both as a mother and as a writer in this beautifully written memoir that shows the limitless pull of the love we have for our children.
Cea Sunrise Person, author of Nearly Normal and North of Normal
The harrowing drama at the center of Loving Large has been made beautiful and fascinating by Patti M. Hall’s ability to unfold the story with the pace of a medical thriller and infuse it with a soulful, aching heartbeat. Hall takes us into a world of hospital corridors and esoteric knowledge, to the literal and figurative waiting rooms occupied by the families thrown into a medical vortex they didn’t choose or imagine they would ever encounter. Punctuated with the sparkling, funny dialogue between mother and son (some of which made me laugh out loud), the story is sometimes one of isolation and sorrow as Hall races to find resources and answers for her son, often at the cost of her other relationships. Her journey raises questions of how we find solace, give and receive help, and barter with the universe when faced with impossible conditions. Hall, with utter frankness and grace, leads us to moments of illumination and even sanctuary, thanks to the magic of unrelenting love.
Maria Mutch, Author of Know The Night, When We Were Birds and Molly Falls To Earth