Incompatible with Nature-A Mother’s Story by Tracie Frank Mayer

“What did he say, Helmut?”

With his fist to his forehead, his elbow supported by the examination table where our son lay, my husband raised his free hand and groped for mine.

He turned and looked up at me, tears brimmed his eyes. He winced before he spoke and when he finally did, his voice sounded as if it belonged to someone else.

“Something’s wrong,” he whispered.

In the summer of 1984, Tracie Frank Mayer, a young black American woman, uproots herself from family, friends and life as she knows it when she marries a German man and moves to his country.

Though not understanding the language is unsettling enough, twelve days after her anxiously awaited child’s birth, her psychological balance tumbles fully into despair:”There is no surgery to save him,” the doctors explain to her husband in German. “Let your baby die,” they say to her in broken English.

Their son, Marc is born with Heterotaxy Syndrome; essentially a two chambered heart rather than four, an extremely rare and fatal condition.

Battling her husband, the doctors who don’t believe Marc can survive, his innumerable infections as well as her own fears, she does her level best to hold on in the maelstrom while doing all she can to ensure that her son has a chance at life.

Passionate, emotional and at times humorous, this story is an unflinching account of love, rebellion and resilience. An inspirational story of one woman facing overwhelming adversity while holding on to her faith as she fights not only for her son’s life and helps him win his battle, but also her own her own and survives.

This story with its triumphantly happy ending will indeed give hope and encouragement to anyone facing any battle not of his or her own choosing.
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“There is hope.”

Five Star Review on Amazon by Carol T.

What i thought was amazing about this true life story was not only what an awesome mama bear Tracie was for her little cub, but how her life story seemed to have prepared her for the life she was about to live. After reading what her young adult life entailed with a regiment as a full time employee of a stern mans man of a father, and schooling, it would make most of our heads swim with being overwhelmed. I feel that stage in her life gave her the life skills to face any parents worst nightmare. The double checking, the total involvement in any and all processes she encountered and most of all having the sense to know her gut feelings were legitimate, made for a gripping weekend of reading. Many things made this a success story. The timing of medical breakthroughs, family involvement in research, love and support from that family and the drive love gives a parent to put everything else aside for just a glimmer of hope. Needless to say, this story has gone way beyond a glimmer. God has shined on this beautiful family.
I’d highly recommend this book, especially for any parent who is facing a difficult health issue with a child. We may not have the upbringing that Tracie did, but this story does prove that miracles do happen.
Bravo Tracie Frank Mayer.

About the Author

Tracie Frank Mayer celebrates life.

Tracie was born in Seattle, Washington, to a beauty queen and a gifted entrepreneurial father, who courted her mother with a winning smile and the flash of a canary yellow Cadillac.

Her son, her charity work, writing and travel are her passions in life.

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