Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What About the Boy?

Author: Stephen Gallup
Published:1 September 2011
Genre: Memoir
Pinky's rating (out of 5): 5 dragonflies

Book Description
Nobody knew what hurt little Joseph. Perhaps some toxin had invaded his mother's body before his birth. Perhaps it was the difficult birth itself. Or maybe the origin of his disabilities was genetic. Whatever the cause, something had gone terribly wrong — but no one was offering solutions or reasonable guidance.
He cried most of the time, and thrashed about as if in great pain. He wasn't learning how to crawl, talk, or interact normally. His parents sought medical help and were told at first not to worry so much. Later, the professionals recommended counselling to help the parents accept reality. Nothing could help their son, and the quality of their own lives was at risk.

Refusal to accept that advice launched an improbable journey that changed their lives forever.

What About the Boy? A Father's Pledge to His Disabled Son chronicles a family's rejection of hopelessness and their pursuit of a normal life.
My Thoughts
Joseph using his Overhead Ladder
This story moved me more than I could have imagined.
When I commenced reading "What About the Boy, A Father's Pledge to His Disabled Son", I had read the blurb so knew what the story was about. However this did not prepare me for how heart wrenching, and loving this story really is.
Having been blessed with two ‘Normal’ children who have grown into beautiful Young Adults, it is hard to comprehend what some couples go through when their child isn’t ‘Normal’.
But then again, who am I to define ‘Normal’.
This story takes us on the journey with Steven and Judy Gallop, as they come to terms with the fact that their beautiful son Joseph has an under developed brain. While they fight for acceptance for him, and through alternative means, learn how to teach him the simplest of things, crawling, walking, speaking. The things that we take for granted when our ‘Normal’ children just do them.
Joseph - 2013
We share with Stephen and Judy the torment they endured from mainstream medicine when their 'specialists' wanted to pigeon hole Joseph into the 'too hard basket', with a 'put him in an institution and get on with your life' attitude.
This story is very thought provoking. What would I have done if I had been in a similar situation?
I firmly believe that things happen in your life for a reason. We may not be aware of the reason, and like the struggles faced by Joseph, it will test your resolve.

Why were Stephen and Judy given such a special child, and what toll did it take on this inspirational family?

That is the question that you are going to have to answer for yourself after you read "What About the Boy?"
I wish to thank Stephen Gallup for contacting me, asking me to read his memoir, and for sharing his photos of Joseph with me, and giving me permission to share them with you.
To find out more about Stephen Gallup and Joseph, visit his web site:

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