“What would you do if a stranger told you your son was going to die?
Silas is ten years old when the headaches start. When the diagnosis arrives, his parents are told they have until Christmas… maybe. And so begins Sarah Pullen’s battle to save her son, against doubting doctors and insurmountable odds. This story about love and loss traces her family’s journey from that first day at the hospital, battling a tumour they named ‘Bob’, through Silas’s death and beyond.
This profoundly moving and honest account shows that it is possible to find the strength for a journey that no mother should ever go on; that it is possible to find a new way to live, even when death is knocking on the door. It is about confronting grief – raw, ugly, incomprehensible grief. It is a book about wrapping a small boy in love, but still letting him get grubby knees. It is about learning to savour every moment of the here and now, yet also learning to let go.
At its heart, A Mighty Boy is a story of the love between a mother and a son. It is a book about seizing the moment and somehow managing to survive the death of a child. But most of all it is a book about a small, mighty, smiling boy.”
First off I want to say I have nothing but respect for Sarah who throughout this book lays her heart and soul bare.
I admire the honesty that is shown not just from Sarah but the whole family, willing to be involved and have their story told.
I found myself laughing and in tears in equal measure as we are led through the days, weeks and months with Sarah, Silas and the family in a deterioating battle with Bob, the name of the tumour in Silas’s brain.
The research Sarah had done and continued to do was impressive and I learned a lot of new words, I cannot begin to pronounce or or understand. Right up to the end of this story I found myself willing, hoping, along with the family, for things to get better.
Though the overall tone of the book is sombre and rightly so, it is interspersed with fun and fond memories which shine brighter than the dark bits of this story.
Having the narration being done by Sarah herself makes it even more poignant, you can hear the emotion in her voice throughout the account, it feels like she is sitting beside you telling you the story.
All in all I have never been in this situation before and I hope to never find myself there, but this book will be a great source of hope and encouragement to those who have been through it or are going through it.
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