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I FOUND IT!!

Postby aimeejane » Sat Mar 27, 2004 07:07 pm

by aimeejane (589 Posts), Sat Mar 27, 2004 07:07 pm

Sometime last year, someone mentioned trying to get a popular author to cover pre-e in a novel...I found one! A dear friend of mine (I don't know which one - she's my current "secret sister") gave me James Patterson's "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" last week. I read it today. It's absolutely heartbreaking, and I would NOT suggest anyone in any hormonal state read it, but it's incredible.

It briefly covers fast-onset pre-e in a first pregnancy, and early-onset "toxemia" in her second pregnancy (resulting in miscarriage [:(]). (The pre-e and toxemia are presented as different diseases, but I'm willing to overlook that particular flaw...) It's also heartwrenching because (Do NOT read if you don't want the end of the book ruined for you!) she and her year-old baby later die when she has a heart attack at the wheel of her car.

Anyway, this book was apparently (according to the dust cover) written based on some of Patterson's personal experience. I was sondering if the PF could contact him and/or his publisher and request that future printings include a mention of the Foundation in the last section of the book. If he really has had such profound personal experience with it, it might be worth a shot.

I recommend the book, only if you are ready for it. I had no idea why my secret sister gave me this particular book until I hit that chapter, and it was pretty hard to take, but I LOVED it. (Here's the link at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0446611085/qid=1080443230/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-0313791-4155335?v=glance&s=books)

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Re : I FOUND IT!!

Postby shelbys mom » Sat Mar 27, 2004 07:24 pm

by shelbys mom (483 Posts), Sat Mar 27, 2004 07:24 pm

Aimee I agree that is a great book, but very sad, I cried so hard it was incredible and I read it before my pre e stuff. I agree maybe he can help us spread the word, take care

Kim, mom to Shelby 32 weeker due to pree-e, and hellp, now a crazy 2 year old!!!
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Re : I FOUND IT!!

Postby gossamer » Sat Mar 27, 2004 08:31 pm

by gossamer (242 Posts), Sat Mar 27, 2004 08:31 pm

In case anyone is interested, there is a new book out by Colleen McCullough (who wrote The Thorn BIrds) called The Touch, where the main character suffers from Pre-Eclampsia. I read it, not knowing that was in there, about 3 months after my baby died. I was so angry because in the book a doctor in the 1850's knew what was going with the mom and my doctor in 2003 was clueless. Anyway, it is a good book that presents Pre-eclampdia. Just FYI.
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Re : I FOUND IT!!

Postby julie f » Sat Mar 27, 2004 08:43 pm

by julie f (7993 Posts), Sat Mar 27, 2004 08:43 pm

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is one of my absolute most favoritest books! [8D] I read it long before my pe experience and had forgotten all about the fact that she had it until I reread a couple months ago. I just love that book but agree, not for anyone in a hormonal state!

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Re : I FOUND IT!!

Postby kim » Sun Mar 28, 2004 01:09 pm

by kim (555 Posts), Sun Mar 28, 2004 01:09 pm

I LOVE that book. I read it three years ago, and now that I am a mom, I need to reread it.


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