Born Together is the inspiring memoir of Patricia Gachagan, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and her determination to overcome the challenges to live a full life and to be a mother to her son, Elliot. When Patricia became pregnant with Elliot, she could not contain her joy and elation at the prospect of starting a family. But within hours of his birth, her body began to deteriorate. Born Together tells of Patricia’s struggle to cope with her declining health and the simultaneous demands of motherhood.
Eventually, Patricia was diagnosed with MS, and it was put to her that her immune system had attacked itself, in error, following the birth of her baby boy. Patricia took an alternative approach to almost everything and refused to settle for a prognosis of a life of disability and vulnerability. Many doubted her ability to succeed, but her determination to turn her life around was rewarded with a new and pioneering treatment, researched by Medical Research Scotland and part-funded by the Scottish Government Enterprise Scheme.
Born Together is a unique story of courage and innovation which will both move and inspire the readers. It provides an eye-opening insight into life and motherhood with Multiple Sclerosis, and into the world of new therapies with Patricia being the first person, with MS, to test the Robo-Physio device – a new invention that is currently being researched further. Born Together will inspire its readers who are also living with MS when it is released in time for World MS Day in May 2017.
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“Engaging and most inspiring tale….”
Five Star Review on Amazon by Danielle Urban
Born Together by Patricia Gachagan is an inspiration to all. Her journey of determination and strength will amaze everyone who reads this book. It amazed me. Hooked me in fast. A mother’s terrible yet frightening journey of survival. After giving birth, her body was suddenly taken over by a paralyse. Her health kept turning for the worse. I kept thinking that she wasn’t going to make it. That this was going to be the saddest book I’ve read. But Patricia Gachagan held surprises from me. She kept moving forward despite her challenges. Every time I feel like complaining, I’ll always remember this book and consider myself lucky. Overall, I recommend this nonfiction book to readers worldwide. Especially, to mothers out there.
I got this copy from the publisher. This, is my honest review.
About the Author
Let me introduce myself. My name is Patricia Gachagan (known as Tricia to family and friends) and I am the author of Born Together. This is my first book.
I have always held a desire to write, but it wasn’t until my health took a dramatic turn that I found myself with the opportunity to do so.
I was born in the east end of Glasgow in 1967. The youngest of four children, I shared a happy and supportive family life. We grew up with unconditional love and security.
I left home at 20 years of age to start a new adventure in London. It was an amazing experience which lasted some 10 years. I worked in the Civil Service initially, but after realising an office job was not the life for me I returned to study to become a primary school teacher. My teaching career took me from London to Barcelona and then home to Glasgow. It stretched over 15 years and was a privilege to work and learn with so many terrific and inspiring young people.
My career came to an abrupt ending in my late 30’s as I became very unwell, very suddenly after having my beautiful and wonderful baby boy, Elliot.
I was retired early through ill health and found myself entirely focussed on motherhood and my well-being for the first few years. Once Elliot was settled at primary school I decided, without planning, I would take up writing.
Writing this book has itself been an amazing journey and I have loved every minute of it. I plan to go on writing and exploring this world and my place in it. I have already started preparations for my next book. I learn every single day and I am grateful for each day and the opportunities they bring. I have found great comfort in my MS jigsaw and following my mantra that wecanfindaway.com throughout this turbulent journey. I have allowed positivity to become a habit in my life and it now leads my journey through life.
Finding ways, overcoming obstacles and staying positive are all part of the everyday me.Life is not about how many times you get knocked down and what puts you there. It is about getting back up, stronger and more determined. That will define what happens to you in this world.
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