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Title Loving large : a mother's rare disease memoir / Patti M. Hall.
Imprint Toronto : Dundurn, 2020.


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Subject Hall, Patti M., 1966-
Hall, Patti M., 1966-
Mothers -- Canada -- Biography.
Mothers and sons -- Canada -- Biography.
Brain -- Tumors -- Patients -- Canada -- Biography.
Tumors in adolescence -- Patients -- Canada -- Biography.
Brain Neoplasms.
Genre Autobiographies.
Contents Cover -- Half Title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Preface: Becoming More Than Mom -- Prologue: Venturer -- 1 Handler -- 2 Mission Specialist -- 3 Researcher -- 4 Messenger -- 5 Advocate -- 6 Weightlifter -- 7 Wrecking Ball -- 8 Bodyguard -- 9 Vigilante -- 10 Risk Assessor -- 11 Oath Taker -- 12 Nurse -- 13 Sentry -- 14 Personal Support Worker -- 15 Punching Bag -- 16 Promise Maker -- 17 Patient -- 18 Cellmate -- 19 Wish Seeker -- 20 Mother of Megatron -- 21 Orphan -- 22 Story Keeper -- Epilogue: Mapmaker -- A Letter from My Son -- Acknowledgments -- Back Cover
Summary "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 M. Hall's life is pitched into an abyss of uncertainty when a golf-ball sized tumour is discovered in her teenage son's head and he is diagnosed with gigantism, a disease of both legend and stigma. After scrambling to access a handful of medical experts in the field, Patti learns that her son could grow uncontrollably, his mobility could be permanently limited, and his life could be cut short without timely and aggressive treatment. 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 new roles, including nurse, researcher, caregiver, and advocate, while she struggles and fails to rebuild her life as a newly divorced woman. 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."-- Provided by publisher.
Other Title Print version: Hall, Patti M., 1966- Loving large. Toronto : Dundurn, 2020 1459746368 9781459746367