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The Four Walls of My Freedom

Lessons I've Learned from a Life of Caregiving

Written by Donna Thomson • Introduction by John Ralston Saul

Published January 13, 2014 | ISBN 9781770894808
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Children with Special Needs

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288 pages
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The Four Walls of My Freedom

Lessons I've Learned from a Life of Caregiving

Donna Thomson • John Ralston Saul

A riveting and redemptive family memoir, The Four Walls of My Freedom is Donna Thomson’s account of raising a son with cerebral palsy and a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.”

Donna Thomson’s life was forever changed when her son Nicholas was born with cerebral palsy. A former actor, director, and teacher, Donna became his primary caregiver and embarked on a second career as a disability activist, author, and consultant.

Thomson vividly describes her experience in treading delicately through daily care, emergencies, and medical bureaucracy as she and her family cope with her son’s condition while maintaining value and dignity (for Nicholas, too). She brilliantly demonstrates the vital contribution that people with disabilities make to our society and addresses the ethics and economics of giving and receiving care.

Featuring an introduction by John Ralston Saul, and two new chapters, The Four Walls of My Freedom is a passionate appeal to change to the way we think about the “good life” that will touch anyone caring for the life of another.

About the Creators

Donna Thomson

Donna Thomson is a disability activist, author, and consultant. The Four Walls of My Freedom is her first book.

John Ralston Saul

John Ralston Saul was elected President of International PEN in October 2009. He is author of a number of national bestsellers. He lives in Toronto. Visit John Ralston Saul's website: http://www.johnralstonsaul.com/ Follow John Ralston Saul on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ralstonsaulnews