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In this heartfelt, brave, and honest account, Kerry Fisher and Pat Sowa share everything they’ve learnt from surviving the darkest of times. They shine a light on what it really feels like when your world shatters and how they found hope in the deepest despair.

Best friends since they met at university, Kerry and Pat had no idea that 30 years later, they’d need every ounce of their friendship to survive. In 2017, their worlds came crashing down when their teenage sons were both diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses within weeks of each other.

During the following roller coaster months, Kerry and Pat regularly snatched time to message each other - often with black humor - providing a momentary refuge from their frightening realities. Together these two ordinary mums found a way to survive their extraordinary challenges and to navigate a new normal in an alien and isolating world. With raw honesty, they share the things they’ve learnt and what they wish they’d known - from how to tame raging mother guilt to restoring their natural optimism in the aftershock of tragedy.

In this profoundly moving book, Kerry and Pat take listeners on a very personal exploration of the universal experiences of grief and loss, love and friendship that connect us all. Like a wise companion offering comfort, Take My Hand is a lifeline both to those overwhelmed by heartbreak and for friends and family who don’t know how to help. Most of all, it’s a powerful reminder that no matter how difficult life gets, you are not alone. 

©2020 Kerry Fisher, Pat Sowa (P)2020 Hachette UK - Thread

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"Two women on a journey from suffering to hope and inspiring the reader to join them on the road. Inspired and inspiring." (Ged Flynn, CEO of Papyrus Prevention of Young Suicide) 

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Thank you Kerry and Pat

This book helped me understanding a very painful experience and my reaction Now I forgive myself and feel less of a disaster full of guilt in my self perceived parenting failings Well done

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A Must Read For Everyone

Listening to this book will move you to tears. A beautiful, honest and well written book journeying through the lives of two friends whose sons are battling with cancer and mental illness. Everyone should listen to this.

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  • 22-08-20

Painful!

This was the most doom and gloom book I’ve ever read...and I am an avid reader. I got to chapter 23 (out of 35) and I couldn’t listen to any more.