Book Review: That Went Well

That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister That Went Well: Adventures in Caring for My Sister by Terrell Harris Dougan

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book was recommended to me by one of the health professionals that sees Ryan. She assured me that our situation was quite different that the one described in the memoir but she thought that I might enjoying reading the book nonetheless. The author, Dougan, is a Salt Lake native who describes her experiences growing up with a mentally disabled sister and later becoming her caregiver.

She shares the joy and pain of trying to carve out the best life possible for her sister. She tells a sometimes humorous and other times heartbreaking tale which occasionally hit close to home. Dougan was a columnist for the Deseret News for over a decade and her writing style is easy and conversational. Although, at times the memoir jumped around as if some chapters were compilations of past pieces that she'd written.

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1 comment:

Erin Alberty said...

God,D. Just got off the phone with my stepmom, and they're having major drama w/ the 15-yr-old Aspie. Turns out his specialized program has just been a year of study hall, he's been stuck in all the dumpkiss classes for when he starts high school next year (his grades suck even though he tests at 11th-12th grade) and none of the specialists have been in touch with my parents. It's like they're just dumping him now that he's a teenager, but now is when he most needs help. Do you have trouble finding constructive help and treatment and advice? Oh, and they scheduled him out of music class, which is the only thing he gives a rip about. He practices his trumpet 2 hrs a day without being told. But if he stays in band, he doesn't have time for stupid "resource," which is the idiot study hall that qualifies him for autism care thru the school. What is the point of special ed if they can't specialize it to the student? I hope Utah makes it easier to navigate than SC does.