What inspired you to write your memoir?
I began journaling when Michael was diagnosed with DMD. Throughout Michael’s life there have been so many roadblocks, but God helped us find our way around every one of them. Soon, I realized my journal resembled a compilation of miraculous stories of hope that centered around Michael–and so the book came to be.
The book follows Michael’s life, through the ups and downs of learning how to live and thrive with DMD. I candidly revealed my initial feelings of denial, anger and fear before I allowed God to lead me one step at a time through the process of raising a disabled child.
About your Book:
When our son, Michael was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of four we were told he only had about ten years of quality life ahead of him. Through the years that followed we began to call on the name of the Lord. Even though God chose not to heal him completely, the Lord sustained him for many years. My son’s wedding to the woman of his dreams twenty-three years after his diagnosis, provided the opportunity to reflect on God’s goodness to us as a family.
Cyndie Degnan grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. After graduating from Maine South High School, she went on to get a BA degree in music education at Hanover College in Southern Indiana. There she met and married her husband Rick. They have lived for forty years in the Springfield, Massachusetts area and have two grown children, Michael and Amy and one grandchild, Joshua. Both Rick and Cyndie are active in the Springfield Evangelical Covenant Church. Cyndie has had a thirty year sales career and is currently self employed as a realtor.
How did you decide how to publish your book and where is it published through:
After repeating the many stories about God’s goodness to us throughout our lives with Michael, I decided that the stories needed to be written down and shared. The occasion of my son’s wedding gave me the setting from which to tell his stories. The many relatives, friends and acquaintances who celebrated with us that day reminded me of the role each had played as the hands and feet of God in our lives. So often we fail to see the hand of God working behind the scenes working all things out for our good. I didn’t want people to miss all that God has done to help our family despite the ravages of DMD. There are so many people who are facing similar challenges and I wanted to encourage them to turn to God early and stay there.
After a great deal of research, I chose to have Crossbooks Publishers publish my book. I appreciated the fact that all the books they publish must go through a theological review in addition to the normal editing process.
Originally posted 2012-09-08 18:54:03.