Loving Leanne by Debbie Roome
|Title: Loving Leanne
Author: Debbie Roome
Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0 stars(2)
Leanne never married, never had children and never lived on her own. She never drove a car or caught a bus unaided. She never cooked a meal, washed her clothes or ironed a shirt. She could not because she was born with a condition called Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome (RTS). This rare genetic disorder causes mental and physical disabilities and she was always dependent on others.
Leanne’s life story is told by her mother and sister and they examine the highs and lows of caring for a mentally and physically disabled person. The book is divided into seven chapters which look at Leanne’s early days, how Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome affected her, her schooling, her extensive medical history, her spiritual and social life, the process of caring for her daily, and her final days. It also includes a list of RTS characteristics and problems and explains how these play out in daily life. Loving Leanne is a story of hope and triumph with a healthy dose of reality mixed into it. An ideal read for anyone who is caregiver to a disabled person or for parents who have a child with RTS.Leanne passed away on the 1st January 2014 at the age of 47.