Just listened to an interview with Cheryl Koenig on ABC's Conversation Hour with Richard Fydler discussing her book Paper Cranes and her son, Jonathan.
At the age of twelve Cheryl's son, Jonathan, was involved in a horrific car accident. He was given very little chance of survival and when he did miraculously pull through doctors predicted that he would most likely never walk, talk, or even eat again. Cheryl refused to accept this prognosis and set out on a relentless quest to save her son.
Cheryl on 'Paper Cranes':
'Paper Cranes' is two journeys in one story: the incredible journey of Jonathan’s fight back to be the best he possibly can, and the emotional journey that I share as his mother – at first grieving for the talented son I lost, and then reaching a place of understanding and accepting him for all that he is now. It is only through writing of our ‘combined journeys’ that I came to the realisation of how important it is to validate and accept an individual for who they are and whatever contribution they make to society. Hopefully this philosophy will be imparted onto the reader.
Naturally anyone who has suffered an accident or brain injury of any kind will find the book invaluable in offering hope at the end of the tunnel, however it is also sure to uplift and motivate anyone seeking inspiration in any walk of life as it demonstrates the power of family love, the compassion of friends and the kindness of strangers.
Cheryl was named 2009's 'NSW Woman of the Year'.
Listen to the interview here http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/05/10/2894981.htm
It is a moving account of a mothers fight for her son.