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Q4: Writing With Grace

Writing With Grace

“Grace’s story is clear in her mind. She has a story, her story, and she knows how she wants to tell it.” P. 18 “Impossible. But how do you say impossible to a mother like Jessica who’s probably heard that

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Q3: Writing With Grace

Writing With Grace

“Grace was a shadowy figure, someone I couldn’t see clearly. Someone I didn’t want to see.” P. 14   How did you feel as McFarlane describes her struggle with meeting Grace?

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Q2: Writing With Grace

Writing With Grace

Part One: Impossible   “One sentence, I stare at the words. I can’t believe they’re here, in this notebook. I always dream to be a famous writer.” P. 11 McFarlane is blunt when describing the stereotypical way she views people

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Q1: Writing With Grace

Writing With Grace

First Impressions   Why did you choose to read this book? McFarlane grabs her readers right away with an image of Grace’s writing. What was your reaction? Did you make comparisons to your loved one’s writing? How did it influence

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Q 11: The North Side of Down – Chapter 10

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

About Life With Down’s Syndrome – Amanda “How I could put this? People with Down’s are lucky because they are not alone. There are lots of others with Down’s and lots of families and groups who love them, and the

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Q 10: The North Side of Down – Chapter 9

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

In Amanda’s section of this chapter she talks about fear and how Nancy helped her overcome it. Is there something your loved one is or has been afraid of? How have you worked to assuage those fears? “The fact that

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Q9: The North Side of Down – Chapter 8

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

Amanda’s section in this chapter is called ‘About My Dreams.’ In it she shares her bucket list and a great quote: “Life is about special moments.” Does your loved one have a bucket list? Tell us about a special moment

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Q8: The North Side of Down – Chapter 7

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

This chapter describes the frustration and pain that comes from a series of misdiagnosis and failed doctor visits. As a caregiver, have you experienced anything like this? Do you have access to specialists in your area? As her father’s health

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Q7: The North Side of Down – Chapter 6

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

Amanda describes how she takes care of her father in her mother’s absence. One of the things that people say about people with Down syndrome is that they are very empathetic. While I’m normally not a proponent of generalizations about

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Q6: The North Side of Down – Chapter 5

The North Side of Down: A True Story of Two Sisters

Nancy talks about having to step in after her mother’s death. She says that she doesn’t resent her siblings, but readers may doubt that based on what she writes. Have you ever felt resentment about your responsibilities as a caregiver?

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