Introducing: Embracing the Dragon

It is with great excitement that I announce the recent publication of my memoir Embracing the Dragon: One Mother’s Relentless Search for Healing and Hope, published in 2020 by Zerflin.

The book is about the healing journey of my younger son Russell. Soon after his birth, he was diagnosed with spina bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord that the doctors were able to surgically correct when he was just five weeks old. Six months later, he was diagnosed with a second condition—cystic fibrosis. CF is an incurable, progressive disease that causes chronic infections, eventual lung failure, and an early death. 

He was a very sick little baby. Because conventional medicine couldn’t cure his CF, I turned to alternative healing to save his life. The doctors’ bar for my son’s health was terribly low, and their outlook was short-sighted. They saw him as temporarily treading water, holding his head just above the waterline while hungry sharks circled underneath. Instead, I was hell-bent on him having enough energy to swim long distance surrounded by a protective school of playful dolphins.

My book describes the five alternative healing approaches that helped him achieve good health by age five: acupuncture, homeopathy, osteopathy, nutrition, and herbal medicine. 

Alternative healing helped him to regain his health, and it has helped him sustain great health to the present day. My son may as well be the “poster child” for integrative medicine—one condition was successfully corrected by highly sophisticated pediatric neurosurgery while the other condition responded to healing approaches far outside the conventional medical envelope. 


Embracing The Dragon is a clarion call to use whatever approach works!

It took me 24 years to write this book. I started writing when Russell was around three years old, jotting down thoughts and feelings that would otherwise have been lost. What began as a therapeutic exercise eventually evolved into the idea of a book. If I had known just how grueling writing this book would be, I would have happily turned to pig farming instead. But I wanted to give other parents what I wished I had had—someone else’s story to motivate me, guide me, and validate me during a difficult journey.

Now that Embracing The Dragon is finished and out of my hands, I hope that it does help someone. You can purchase the book directly from my website. I‘d love to hear what you think of it! 

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