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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs


A doctor's struggle to help his children

by (author) Shane Neilson

Great Plains Publications
Initial publish date
May 2023
Personal Memoirs
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    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Why do we fall ill? How do we get better?

When his two-year-old develops epilepsy, Shane Neilson, a doctor, struggles to obtain timely medical care for his son. Saving shares his family's journey through the medical system, but also Shane's own personal journey as a father who feels powerless when faced with his child's illness. It entwines these stories with Shane's personal history of mental illness as a child and his professional experience with disability.

By exploring the theme of family, Shane Nielse manages to show that, over time, it is possible to not only escape the wreckage of the past, but to celebrate living with disability in the present.

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Contributor Notes

SHANE NEILSON is a writer and a family physician. His previous books include Meniscus, Gunmetal Blue, and Complete Physical, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award, and the short story collection Will. Neilson has published essays and reviews in many Canadian literary magazines and newspapers. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.