Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher and TLC Book Tours. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
I wanted to read Spot 12 because I am at an age where more and more friends, colleagues, and acquaintances are getting pregnant and having children. I also have more friends than I can count on one hand who have opened up to me personally and/or publicly about their struggles with infertility. I can only imagine that many, many more women I am close to are suffering in silence on this issue. And while this graphic memoir is about birth complications and an infant and mother’s heroic, devastating, heart breaking, courageous story of survival of weeks on end in the NICU (in Spot 12, to be exact), and not directly about infertility, that is what initially drew me to want to read it. I totally respect that privacy is a protective mechanism and some people are just more private by nature, and I also believe that women should not be made to feel ashamed if they want to open up about these issues. It still seems like a pretty taboo topic to talk about, which really bothers me.
This memoir is beautiful. And graphic. Inspiring. Soul crushing. Hopeful and heart Breaking. All at once. It is raw, and real, and honest. It is simply the true traumatic truth of one mother who bravely depicts with what I perceived as poignant accuracy the painful, and still beautiful, first chapters of motherhood. I would whole heartedly recommend this read.
Also, my best friend’s mother is a doctor who runs neonatal units for a living. I have always had the utmost respect for this amazing woman, but after reading this… wow. I just have to say that she is a true hero and stronger than I ever have allowed myself to realize.