N obody knew what hurt little Joseph. Perhaps some toxin had invaded his mother’s body before his birth. Perhaps it was the difficult birth itself. Or maybe the origin of his disabilities was genetic. Whatever the cause, something had gone terribly wrong — but no one was offering solutions or reasonable guidance.
He cried most of the time, and thrashed about as if in great pain. He wasn’t learning how to crawl, talk, or interact normally. His parents sought medical help and were told at first not to worry so much. Later, the professionals recommended counseling to help the parents accept reality. Nothing could help their son, and the quality of their own lives was at risk.
Refusal to accept that advice launched an improbable journey that changed their lives forever.
What About the Boy? A Father’s Pledge to His Disabled Son chronicles a family’s rejection of hopelessness and their pursuit of a normal life.
A story of intermingled triumph and tragedy, What About the Boy? will touch not only those who have dealt with autism or any other disability but also those who have been spared those agonies. In life, agony comes to most of us, but Gallup’s book is a testament to living.
- Richmond, VA Times-Dispatch
What About the Boy? is an homage to parental love and sacrifice. … It is socially relevant, exposing gaps in American medicine and underscoring the need for all parents to be vocal and vigilant when it comes to their children. What About the Boy? is a challenging book, filled with tragedy and determination.
- New York Journal of Books
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