My Turn, by Linda Wright, shares an incredible story of a young girl who was born with a rare bleeding disorder. Her parents were told she would live a short life. But, to everyone’s surprise, she actually lives into her adult years, and it’s time for her to care for her aging parents. What is most interesting is Linda’s understanding, reflection and gratitude of her younger years when her parents took care of her. Her parents embraced the complex needs of their daughter, and while many parents might complain of the sacrifices they had to make, Linda’s parents accepted their unique family dynamics and took time to appreciate so many of life’s simple pleasures. This gave Linda such a desire to live a full and interesting life, to fight for a cause, and to share her energy in support of her parents. Lucky for the reader, Linda is a gifted writer and we get to share her life’s journey. This is a quick book to read because you just can’t put it down. I just loved it.
Weaving two different parts of her life, Linda Wright combines the care she received from her parents and the care she gave to them when they became elderly and frail. She was born with a rare bleeding disorder, so even the slightest bump created deep bruises on her body and a minor injury kept her out of school. The disorder limited her ability to grow up like a typical kid—riding bikes, climbing, and running. Despite the many hospitalizations for uncontrolled bleeding and infusions to clot her blood for a condition that even doctors struggled to treat, Linda’s parents gave her a childhood filled with wonder, joy, and love. “My parents protected me, inspired me, and believed in me. They were the ones who had taught me how to be safe,” Linda said. When her aging and infirm parents grew to need increasing levels of care themselves, she declared, “I would do whatever it cost to care for them. It was my turn.”