In Breaking Little Bones, Dr. Humphrey shows us the mind of a scientist and heart of a poet as he guides us through an emotional Olympic event in this multi-faceted account.
We feel each child’s pain during a bone marrow aspiration, as well as the doctor’s emotional pain while performing this bone breaking procedure. And yet, the poignancy of each child’s hopes and dreams is punctuated with joy and humor in every chapter.
Every child’s death brings deep sorrow and yet everyone gets on with somber strength and fortitude. A parent never ‘gets over’ the death of a child. We never become our old self again. We can, however, grow into someone with strength, courage, wisdom, and perhaps an ability to comfort others.
Patricia K. Nolan, MSEd
Author of Broken Pieces of Shell, poems about the life and death of her son.
This is a story of children, parents, and doctors brought together by Providence to travel a path together that led to cures for childhood leukemia. Yes, it is a book about tragedies and sadness, but, it is also a book that you won’t be able to put down, nor will you forget the experiences it will bring to you. Humanity wins. You will forever remember the image of courageous little saints. Their courage and indefatigability inspired the compassion and dedication of many physicians and nurses who fought until they won. Our family is so grateful that these saints and soldiers made this journey.
Grace Dowling Afridi
Parent of a leukemia survivor
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