Making Lemonade With Ben: The Audacity To Cope
BUY BOOK: www.createspace.com/3896776 Amazon, Barnes and Noble. (Any bookstore or library can order copies.)
June 28, Saturday: Creating For Causes Benefit Art Fair, 9-3, outside Prairie Cafe in Middleton Hills. Book proceeds benefit Yahara House. (Rain date, Sunday, June 29.)
July 25, Friday: UW Department of Psychiatry Lecture, 12:00-1:00. Katherine and Ben will speak. WisPIC, 6001 Research Park Blvd. Open to public. Books available.
August 28, Thursday: Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District back-to-school staff orientation keynote with Ben.
October 16, Thursday: Golden Opportunities, St. Luke’s Lutheran, Middleton, noon-1:00.
REVIEWS: “With wry humor that lightens but also wrenches depending on the moment, Perreth shares the effects on her marriage and younger children and salutes those who held them up, particularly mental health advocates at Madison’s Yahara House.” – Karyn Saemann, Madison Magazine, August 2013 – http://www.madisonmagazine.com/Madison-Magazine/August-2013/Coping-Through-It-All/ “This spring season, there arrives a remarkable book…” – Doug Moe, Wisconsin State Journal, Sunday, May 26, 2013 – http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/columnists/doug-moe/doug-moe-making-lemonade-with-ben/article_5972e154-1d12-5568-9d1a-e0a16708d4f5.html
“A poignant memoir, full of hope and deep, abiding love. The life lessons she shares in this lengthy memoir make it a worthwhile read; the Perreths’ perseverance, and Ben’s continually sunny disposition—despite having to relearn how to walk more than once—are truly humbling. A bold, honest account of surviving tragedy and living with disability.” – Kirkus Reviews “It is amazing how Katherine Perreth’s engaging sense of humor shines through even in the most difficult of situations. The author succeeds in removing the stigma that comes with mental illness. Above all, this inspiring story proves that love, mixed with a healthy dose of humor, can conquer all.” – Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite PUBLICITY: April 17, 2013, Madison’s WISC-TV Morning News in-depth story: http://video.channel3000.com/watch.php?id=49075 March 21, 2013 Madison’s WMTV NBC15 “Live At Five” interview with Katherine and Ben: http://www.nbc15.com/video?videoid=2567320
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At 4:00 a.m. we faced a decision few parents must. “He’s going to die soon – I’m sorry,” concluded the chief neurosurgeon. “What do you want to do?” What would you do if your seven-year-old suffered a mysterious brain hemorrhage, and was not expected to survive emergency surgery? This is the story of Ben’s extraordinary spirit and resolve, a tale of triumphant woe.
About The Author: Katherine, Ben’s mom, joyfully juggles three part-time jobs: freelance reporter, administrative gopher, and facilitator of a reminiscence writing class. Ben, wearing his smiley-face ankle-foot orthosis, works for a children’s museum. He joyfully juggles one-handed, inspiring people of all ages. Ben regularly adds to his vast repertoire of global greetings to achieve his stated goal: MAKE HUMANITY SMILE. Photo and text copyright 2013. All rights reserved. (Cuz if you can’t own your mental health challenges and turn them into cash, what good are they?)