Raising a Child with Chronic Illness with Grace, Courage, and Love
Chronic Hope is a long drink of cool water for the parent thirsting for practical wisdom in navigating the emotional stress of raising their chronically ill child.
Through story and reflection, Bonnie gently shares a vision of navigating chronic disease with strength, resilience and loving self-sacrifice.
Chronic Hope delivers practical insight and solutions while avoiding the tone of a typical self-help book. Instead, it reads like a conversation with a friend, where one parent’s stories give the other parent permission to feel the full range of their emotions and encourages them to discover hope in the long journey. Through story and reflection, Bonnie gently shares a vision of navigating chronic disease with strength, resilience and loving self-sacrifice.
Chronic Hope leverages one family’s journey raising a child with chronic illness and provides readers the tools necessary to process their own emotional responses to the unexpected path ahead of them.
Thematically, Chronic Hope begins deep within the heart of the caregiver and gradually works itself outward into each relationship within the family, and eventually into the wider world.
Chronic Hope offers a fresh vision of hope in the darkest valleys of illness, suffering, and broken dreams.
Bonnie uses her personal experience as a caregiver to introduce topics, themes, and strategies. Her kitchen table wisdom has the tone of a friend who’s been there―a fellow parent who truly understands.
Readers witness Bonnie’s mistakes and missteps, glean from her revelations, and find inspiration in the principles and attitudes she begins to apply to everyday situations.
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We can all learn about navigating the most difficult of circumstances from Bonnie O’Neil and her beautiful writing in Chronic Hope. Grounded in the story of three diagnoses of type 1 diabetes in her family, Bonnie teaches us about the power of hope. Her lessons will apply not only to those impacted by diabetes, but importantly, to anyone experiencing dark times and in need of a roadmap to sunlight.
Type 1 diabetes requires around-the-clock care, with life and death decisions being made daily. Caregivers of children living with any chronic disease have a unique burden, taking an emotional toll for which there has never been a clear guide. Chronic Hope is that guide; Bonnie’s experiences, advice, and insight form an invaluable resource for parents of the recently diagnosed, as well as seasoned caregivers experiencing burnout.
I want to put Bonnie O’Neil’s book into the hands of every parent I know, whether they parent children with chronic illness or not. Chronic Hope is beautifully written and weighty with hard-earned wisdom. It is deeply personal and widely relevant. But it will be most treasured by parents devastated by a child’s diagnosis, parents worn out by worry or caregiving, and parents who can’t seem to shake their fear and their guilt. Bonnie O’Neil stumbled along that difficult path only to find herself steadied by the persistent presence of hope.
Her story and her book will be a lifeline for many.
Bonnie O’Neil’s Chronic Hope is a brave and generous gift to every parent who has borne the responsibility of raising and caring for a child who suffers from a chronic illness. Speaking to us in a voice tempered by hard experience, Bonnie O’Neil recalls the days and nights of watching and worrying, nights often made sleepless by the duties of care.
Chronic Hope is the story of a journey, tracing an arc that begins in desperation and reaches toward wholeness, toward deep insight, toward the hope of the book’s title. This is an important and beautifully written book, honest, humane, and passionate.