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Dancing with the Maternal Bond by Thea Calzoni

$27.99

Dancing with the Maternal Bond by Thea Calzoni

$27.99

Thea initially wrestles with the idea of motherhood and the threat of losing her identity if she were to become a mother. However, all that is soon consumed by the birth of her first child, Julian, who is developmentally delayed and challenging.

The story follows Thea and her son’s struggles to find acceptance in the education system, and mirrors Thea’s own internal battles with the realities of having a child with a disability, and the effects it has on her marriage and her sense of self. It culminates with Thea seeking an intimate partner for her son as he approaches adulthood, and her sense of hope that Julian will be able to find love like everyone else. A warmly written and powerful story.

Praise for Dancing with the Maternal Bond

‘Thea Calzoni writes with clarity and wisdom about marriage and motherhood, opening our eyes to the intimate needs and rights of young people living with disability. This book will resonate with anyone who has been confronted by unexpected challenges and had to dig deep for the courage to face them.’ Sian Prior, author of Shy: A memoir

 

‘This chronicles the experience of a young mother coming to terms with the reality of her child’s disability and explores a range of controversial issues, including the right of people with a disability to sexual expression, with deep understanding and profound humanity. This is neither an academic treatise nor a moralising sermon. It is a mother talking about her very personal parenthood journey, and sharing with us what she has learned along the way.’ Kevin Stone AM CEO VALID – Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability

 

‘Thea Calzoni shares an honest journey of embracing motherhood and the challenges of parenting a child with disability. So many parents will relate on some level to what Thea experienced; the denial, the grief and the warrior parent instinct we so often witness within our disability tribe.’ Heather Renton, CEO and Founder of Syndromes Without A Name (SWAN) Australia.

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Thea initially wrestles with the idea of motherhood and the threat of losing her identity if she were to become a mother. However, all that is soon consumed by the birth of her first child, Julian, who is developmentally delayed and challenging.

The story follows Thea and her son’s struggles to find acceptance in the education system, and mirrors Thea’s own internal battles with the realities of having a child with a disability, and the effects it has on her marriage and her sense of self. It culminates with Thea seeking an intimate partner for her son as he approaches adulthood, and her sense of hope that Julian will be able to find love like everyone else. This is ultimately a positive and rewarding story, which will benefit those parents and carers of children with a disability, as well as anyone working in that space. It is also an enjoyable read for those not in the same situation but interested in equality and the human spirit.

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Authors

Thea Calzoni

ISBN

ISBN: 978 0645069082

Release Date

February 2022

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