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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Book Review - "In The Arms Of An Angel: The Aryiana Mackayla Norris Story" by Rhonda M. Williams

I was recently asked by a friend if I would be interested in reviewing a book that her friend had written. I agreed to take a look at the book, never imagining I would be so touched by the slender volume that is "In The Arms Of An Angel: The Aryiana Mackayla Norris Story," written by Rhonda M. Williams.



About The Book:

Rhonda Williams shares her compelling yet tough journey about her daughter, Aryiana, being born stillborn due to a condition called Trisomy 18. This is a true story that is heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspirational all at the same time. Ms. Williams' is determined to reach out to families going through this journey of Trisomy 18. In hopes that all families will find comfort through being apart of such a family oriented, dedicated, loving Association and also by touching her readers through her journey with Aryiana. She is the founder of the non-profit organization - Trisomy18Dallas.com and all proceeds from this book will go to the organization. This is a story that is sure to make you cry, laugh and for sure give you and your family hope!


What is Trisomy 18?

Also known as Edwards syndrome, Trisomy 18 occurs when a person is born with three copies of the 18th chromosome, as opposed to two. That extra chromosome interferes with typical childhood development, causing children to be born with clenched hands, crossed legs, feet with rounded bottoms, a small head and jaw, and intellectual disabilities. The disorder can also cause serious heart and kidney problems. Trisomy 18 occurs in about one out of every 3,000 births.




Rhonda Williams truly opens up her heart and shares her grief and her recovery process in this fascinating book.  She takes the reader from the beginning of her pregnancy to the discovery that her unborn child was affected by Trisomy 18 or Edwards Syndrome to the heartbreaking premature delivery of her baby and the aftermath of grief that she and her family experienced. 

For anyone who has experienced the loss of a child from Trisomy 18 or any other instance that causes a stillbirth or premature birth death, or who knows someone who is going through this, this book is a gentle reassurance of how to handle the tragedy and how to carry on with life afterwards.

I applaud Rhonda for being brave enough to share her story with others.  I urge you to check out her website at www.trisomy18dallas.com for more information.



About The Author:

Rhonda Williams is a mother of three beautiful girls, Deyzya , Alonna and her loving angel Aryiana. She is currently residing in Texas, where she is an ultrasound technologist, writer, poet, student and entrepreneur. She attended Prairie View A & M University majoring in English and is now a student studying Psychology at the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Williams started this process of developing "The Arms of an Angel" on August 2011. Before beginning this process she began to write about her journey with her daughter Aryiana, who was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and born on July 21, 2010 stillborn. This changed Rhonda's life forever! This book is entitled "In the Arms of an Angel- The Aryiana Mackayla Norris Story", which will be published May 2012.

Ms. Williams' is determined to reach out to families going through this journey of Trisomy 18. In hopes that all families will find comfort through being apart of such a family oriented, dedicated, loving Association and also by touching her readers through her journey with Aryiana.



My thanks to Rhonda Williams for supplying a review copy of this book, and to Deirdre Riley Williams for suggesting the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

2 comments:

Tea said...

I've never heard of this very serious illness. Thank you for writing about it. I enjoyed the interview as well.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Thanks for stopping by!