The Miracle of Love
A Mother's Story of Grief, Hope and Acceptance
A heart-wrenching memoir about a mother's desperate quest for a miracle medical cure for her twin sons.
When her daughter was a toddler, Ondine Sherman felt like her life was complete. She was married to a man she adored, had a loving extended family and was living her dream of doing things for animals having set up the animal advocacy organisation, Voiceless.
Delighted to find she was pregnant again, she was shocked to find out she was having twins. But never in her wildest dreams could she have envisaged the heartache to come when her twin sons, Dov and Lev, were diagnosed with a rare genetic condition that meant they might never walk or talk.
Miracle of Love is Ondine's story of the rollercoaster ride she experienced as doctors tried to work out why her beloved boys weren't meeting the normal milestones. It is also an intimate account of her spiritual journey as she deals with her sons' condition, which ultimately leads to acceptance, love, meaning and a new understanding of 'miracles'.
Read Caroline Baum's Review:
It would be easy to dismiss Ondine Sherman as a princess except that despite her family's wealth, she was a shy girl with a conscience who wanted to make the world a better place, not a Paris Hilton socialite. Together with her father, she co-founded Voiceless, to advocate for humane treatment for animals.
It's been an effective, high profile success in many ways, but it's also a never-ending crusade that means facing up to cruelty on a daily basis. Not a glamorous charity option by any means. But Ondine counts her blessings and acknowledges her life of privilege. Her high achieving family (her brother is the producer of Oscar winner The Kings Speech) carry their own burdens of loss and take nothing for granted.
And then, when she gives birth for the second time, she has twins with an extremely rare genetic disorder and her world implodes. No amount of money can buy a cure. Her character is tested to its very limits. Can she find the inner fortitude to keep it together when faced with the endless sorrow, questions from the curious and the protracted quest for the right kind of help? Honest, unvarnished, without self-pity, this is a sad story that reminds us all to be grateful for love, family and good health. And that the national disability scheme is a wonderful first step but we've got a long way to go to give the right kind of support to less fortunate parents struggling with similar challenges.
About the Author
Ondine Sherman is the mother of three children; a daughter and identical twin sons with a rare genetic disorder. She has a BA in Communications and an MA in Environmental Education. She is the co-founder of the animal advocacy organization, Voiceless.