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Hazard ➼ [Download] ➹ Hazard By Margaret Combs ➹ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Hazard is a poignant unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with the lived reality of Hazard is a poignant unflinching memoir of the emotional intricacies of growing up with a severely disabled sibling Margaret Combs shows how her Southern Baptist family coped with the lived reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame the s through the s and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life Like many siblings of disabled children young Margaret drives herself to excel in order to make up for her family’s sorrow and ultimately flees her family for what she hopes is a “normal” life Hazard is also a story of indelible bonds between siblings the one between Combs and her sister and the deep and rueful one she has with her disabled brother; how he and she were buddies; and how fervently she wanted to make him whole Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother whom she loves and who loves her in return.


10 thoughts on “Hazard

  1. Michelle Michelle says:

    In 1956 when author Margaret Combs brother Roddy was born there was only a limited amount of knowledge of autism and developmental intellectual disabilities most of it based on misinformation stigma and fear Many doctors encouraged the “mentally retarded” to be shuttled away from polite society and confined to special homes sanitariums or state asylums for custodial care Families were assured “It’s really for the best” In “Hazard A Sister’s Flight From Family And A Broken Boy” 2017 Combs shares her courageous compelling story about her family caring for Roddy at home when there were limited public resources support less understanding and compassion Comb’s family members were from solid hard working Kentucky Appalachian mountain people In the 1930’s her family was hit hard by the collapse of the coal industry Both her parents attended college her father was a stoic silent man that provided well for his family as an aeronautical engineer her mother at one time aspired to be a school teacher Comb’s “Margie” and her older sister Barbara Ann soon sister realized that something was seriously wrong after Roddy’s birth There were many long car rides for Roddy’s clinic appointments Her parents offered no explanations they were distant and uncommunicative A roly poly Roddy made unusual sounds flitted and fidgeted with his hands didn’t make eye contact or respond well The worst times were his terrible fits of loud anguish where he would bang his head on his crib seemingly without feeling or pain Comb’s parents were both distraught knowing Roddy would never lead a normal life marry or have a family Comb’s wouldn’t learn of the severity of her mother’s despair and depression until she was 55 years old Their family life revolved around Roddy’s care Vacations were spent visiting family in Kentucky With limited social events there were no trips to theater’s or theme parks and Comb’s protected Roddy from bullies on occasion Once she entered a model airplane flying contest with her father and her Dad was rudely asked “You have a son don’t you” Comb’s enjoyed competitive sports and began training in gymnastics winning numerous awards trophies and medals Comb’s attended the University of Pennsylvania on a partial scholarship setting her sights on competing in the state championship for gymnastics From the book “My gymnastics had eased my mother’s mourning as well as my own and given me an escape route to another life” College was exciting; she relished being away from the family responsibilities back home and was enriched by her friendships with her teammates An ill fated first marriage was somewhat predictable as Combs explored the dynamics of her personal life and relationships By this time Roddy had matured into a young man and had developed his basic verbal communication skills He lived in a Florida group home and went to his parent’s house for weekends visiting his parents and younger siblings Cami and James regularly Comb’s wrote thoughtfully and movingly of her life in Massachusetts with her second husband an artist and raising their two sons There was always a place for her at her parents to visit or stay awhile and catch up with Roddy This is also a story of her aging future planning and relocating—Comb’s is the Director of Communications at The Northwest School Seattle and lives on Bainbridge Island WA With special thanks to Skyhorse Publishing via NetGalley for the DRC for the purpose of review


  2. ☘Tara Sheehan☘ ☘Tara Sheehan☘ says:

    Having 2 young daughters with Autism I really wanted to read this book because I also have a teenage son who had to learn very early on to grow up uickly because he had to become his sisters’ protector in a way most kids will never understandI found the book to be informative easy to read and well written Combs has a way of pulling you in and taking you on the journey with her so you see with her eyes feel what she did It’s a highly emotional and expressive look at family dynamics and the ability to survive overwhelming challengesReading how far things have come within the special needs community and society at large in the decades since made me happy that even with the current imperfections it’s obvious large strides in both care and understanding have occurred As a parent I found it very interesting to read an adult’s point of view about what it was like to be the sibling of a special needs child because it gave me some insight in how to be there for my son since his sisters get of our attention and time than he does simply due to the circumstances He is not loved less than them but as a parent you don’t necessarily realize how things appear from their point of view I feel like this book will make me a better mother to him and maybe be able to help him in his role in their lives I was very grateful for the opportunity to read this and gain some profound insight


  3. SundayAtDusk SundayAtDusk says:

    This is a wonderfully written memoir describing growing up in the 1950s 1970s with a mentally handicapped brother Back then autism was not easily recognized or understood To make matters worse Margaret Combs' parents came from an area of the country where such children were seen as being the result of inbreeding and only poor uneducated couples were suppose to have them Her parents did not fit that description and they also did not put their son in an institution or try to hide him from the public Yet her brother's condition weighed heavily on the family deeply affecting their daily lives and happiness This is not a deeply depressing story however Life goes on for everyone including the author Not only is this memoir about Ms Combs' childhood but also about her college years as a gymnast and her adult life as a journalist writer wife and mother Her childhood seemed most interesting to me such is the case in many memoirs Maybe because it was back in the time period when I was growing up or maybe because that's when the author learned some hard heartbreaking facts about life In addition that was the time in her life when she was always wondering how God fit into the picture of handicapped children Was He cruel or what creating children who could not experience life like other children Thus this book is a good read for those who like to think about such things; as well as those who appreciate an author who does an exemplary job remembering the thoughts and feelings of a child; a child growing up in a world that is much kinder to some than to othersNote I received a free e copy of this book from NetGalley and the author or publisher


  4. Emi Bevacqua Emi Bevacqua says:

    This is a very honest and poignant memoir by a woman whose younger brother's autism deeply affected her parents and conseuently her own upbringing Other writers have suffered autism and have published inspirational books on the subject like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time anything by Temple Grandin Born on a Blue Day Look Me in the Eye etc that offer uplifting takes than Margaret Combs offers Combs is an interesting writer but I think her feelings of guilt sway her view of her brother's condition for example when she refers to his being severely disabled In telling this deeply personal story it seems as though she seeks validation after distancing herself from her close knit family and undergoing two wrenching divorces I hope she applies her craft to other subjects like her appreciation of things Appalachian a uniue culture I hadn't read much of; I would rather read about topics she feels pride in next time around I also notice her affinity for the supernatural perhaps she could write an actual ghost story continuing the basis she introduced here in Hazard


  5. Connie D Connie D says:

    Oh my What a deeply reflective thoughtful memoir All is well until the family discovers Margie's baby brother is deeply disabled Despite loving her brother Margie is overwhelmed by the extreme tension and despair blanketing the family This sounds grim but the details of experience are so riveting that it rarely feels overpowering As a mother sister and daughter I couldn't help but care deeply for everyone involved and to look forward to happy moments Such a beautifully written and touching book And yes I cried but only once


  6. Gayle Cappelluti Gayle Cappelluti says:

    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway It started out pretty slowly for me but my interest grew as the author also grew and developed Perhaps the rhythm of this brutally honest memoir closely copied the rhythm of this author's life in that her younger years in a religious and decidedly unemotional apparently uptight family lacked exuberance color excitement In fact the way her family coped with the disability of her baby brother formed the entire backdrop upon which her life's portrait is painted Like Dorothy in Kansas Ms Comb's life seemed cold and colorless drab uneventful In fact her life took on color and enthusiasm only as she branched out and away from her family of origin She does say than once that her research has taught her that they way she reacted to her brother's autism very much mirrors those lives of a great many siblings of disabled individuals Hearing specific details about this particular area might have brought interest into this story for me Other that that it was a fairly interesting tale of growing up in a family where disability is the unnamed leader in the family and where loving attention and affection is in short supply


  7. Ilana Ilana says:

    Having a family member dealing with severe or mild mental health issues is always a challenge particularly for the children With their yet undevelopped self esteem they usually perceive the situation as embarassing or shameful a serious reasons for disturbing the normality of life and creating skirmishes between the adults members of the familyIn her gripping memoir Hazard A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy Margaret Combs is sharing her own experience of living with a brother with severe autism As at the time the medical knowledge and social apprehension of such issues were extremely limited this daily reality is painful The book doesn't focus on any non fiction aspects of this issue but is offering instead a dramatic overview of the relationships between the family members the ways in which the children acknowledge the tensions between the parents and the strong bonds created 'My family was in trouble in so many ways We were in the wrong place and at the wrong time driving home in an era that could not and would not help us Nineteen fifty seven was far too early for help and understanding We didn't know how to intervene on my brother's behalf nor would we until it was too late'As a Southern Baptist family the religious explanations and comfort also comes into uestion but it doesn't make the situation bearable In the end only love and maturity the moment when it is natural to come to terms with life occurences regardless how painful it is 'I'm no longer trying to make up for the one thing that puller my family sideways I have arrived at the place where I see not just one thing the wordst thing but the ten thousand things that make up a life'The book is very beautifully written and from the bottom of the heart It gives strength and inspiration to anyone ever coping with an autistic family member or just interested in knowing about life challenging experiencesDisclaimer Book offered by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  8. Karen Anderson Karen Anderson says:

    I found this book very moving I am slightly younger than Ms Combs but grew up in about the same era I don't remember seeing disabled children until I was well into my teens A lot of kids back then were institutionalized and you just weren't aware of them No one talked about it The emotions that everyone felt was so real It must have been so confusing when Margaret was young and her parents were having such difficulties dealing with the mis diagnosis of Roddy The part that really choked me up was when Roddy was crying and wanted a Sherry friend That broke my heart I personally haven't been around autistic people I have been around many Downs Syndrome folks but autism is different It must have been so hard to learn how to deal with someone that could never have a normal life Ms Combs writes about his subject beautifully and tells of all the wounds and heartbreaks of growing up in her family


  9. Cat Cat says:

    As an only child I can't imagine what it's like to grow up with siblings I've given plenty enough thought to the subject over the years based on what I've seen in families around me and it's not always good But to have an ill sibling or one with some type of handicap has got to be nigh on unbearable for the healthy siblings of that child No matter what they achieve no matter what they do they are burdened with and overshadowed by the ONE I have seen only two of these types of families and feel so very very sorry for the normal siblings No one notices them Everyone in the family becomes the ONE's care taker Stifling so tragic for everyone Exhausting And the poor kids have to raise themselves as the parents have little time to devote any time to the normalsThe story is worth reading if you aren't familiar with this theme It's a good look into how families like this workI received a Kindle ARC in exchange for a fair review from Netgalley


  10. Joelle Joelle says:

    35 stars I'm fascinated with autism and have empathy for anyone affected by it I appreciated the author's perspective especially growing up in the era that she did It is hard to imagine having a childsibling with a disability in a time when so little information was understood The first half of the book was my favorite because of the perspective it revealed It was much harder for me to relate to the author through her adult years making it a slightly frustrating section to read However the book as a whole is an insightful worthwhile read I would recommend this book to anyone affected by or interested in autism I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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