In the past few weeks I have been reading Bella's Gift How One Little Girl Transformed Our Family and Inspired a Nation By Rick Santorum and Karen Santorum, with Elizabeth Santorum. This was a good read in which my heart really went out to all those who suddenly discover they have a child with a medical condition who is not expected to live. Bella is born with Trisomy 18 which is a genetic disorder in which the children often don't survive to birth but if they do they don't usually live long. The Santorums embraced their faith and their daughter (on different timelines) and refused to just let her go. They cherished her and learned to love even more unconditionally from her. They realized their love for her is a lot like the Lord's love for us.
While I did not agree with the politics in the book (he is a conservative republican), I was able to look past that and relate to the Santorums as a mother of a disabled child (now adult). I could really empathize with some of the battles they had to undertake to get their daughter things she needed to live. I felt like there was much to glean from the lessons in the book.
This book was a good read and I would recommend it pretty readily. I will be keeping an ear out to hear how Bella is doing as time goes on, she has already well defied the odds and I hope she continues to do so!
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