"Readers of this book will get a glimpse into the perfect communication between a mother and her son that most people would not think possible given the physical circumstances.
|My book is the story of my first son – Derek Michael Aiken. It is the story of a boy who some doctors thought might not even have a brain, yet he could communicate! His eyes, his smile – his occasional tantrum – said loudly and clearly what he couldn’t vocalize or sign.
Derek couldn’t hold his head up, couldn’t control his movements. He was deaf, he wouldn’t ever be able to speak or sign. When I saw him for the first time he was tiny – weighing much less than he should have at four months old – and spastic. His breathing was so labored I could actually feel the noise he made as he inhaled and exhaled.
In the 14 years we shared, I learned from him about love, acceptance, joy, and the strength of the human spirit.