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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Take My Hand by Kerry Fisher and Pat Sowa is the poignant story of the two authors who have been the best of friends since they met at university. This book will provide comfort and companionship to anyone who is going through difficult times. The book chronicles how their world turned upside down within weeks of each other when both their sons were diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses; Cam with Hodgkin's Lymphoma and Dom with mental illness. Take My Hand is about their pain, grief, compassion, kindness, friendship, love, and support and will definitely give hope to a lot of families experiencing difficult times at homes with illnesses. The manner in which the two friends support each other during times of need is indeed commendable and beautiful though their stories have different endings. Their raw emotions, vulnerable moments, and despair make this memoir emotional to read.
Take My Hand by Kerry Fisher and Pat Sowa is honest and straightforward and the authors do not hide anything from readers as they share their painful journey after both their sons were diagnosed with different life-threatening illnesses. Their stories also reveal the fragility of life and how things can go wrong when least expected. What strikes readers in all this confusion and pain is how both friends support each other and draw solace and comfort from each other during the bleakest phase of their lives. Whether it is Cam struggling with his physical illness or Dom with his mental illness, the book also captures the emotions of the two boys and how they deal with their respective illnesses. Reading this book is a good reminder to be grateful for all that we have and to appreciate the simple things in life. It is a celebration of friendship. Take My Hand also stresses the importance of mental health and the tips by both the authors on how to deal with problems and pain at the end of the book will be helpful to many readers.