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Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand (Book) Review

 
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A devastatingly honest accounting of a mother's journey to the end of her daughter's life.

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It will break your heart.


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Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand, incredibly sad though it may be, is an absolutely beautiful story of how our children are our best teachers, and of learning to live our days to the fullest – no matter how many we have.

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“We’re not shying away from what is to come, but we don’t want to think about it now. The time will come soon enough.”

It is truly an unfathomable situation, sitting quietly in a chair as a doctor explains to you that your daughter will die. For Anne-Dauphine Julliand, the news came on the very day her daughter Thais turned two. It seemed that a rare genetic pairing meant that Thais was suffering from a disease called metachromatic leukodystrophy, a degenerative illness for which there is no cure. Worse yet, the doctors also informed Julliand that there also a 25% chance that the baby she carried would also have the disease.

It was truly devastating news, on so many levels, but nothing can stop a mother’s love, and so Julliand and her husband decided that if they cannot add days to Thais’ life, they would add life to her days. And so begins a journey that would ultimately last two years. As parents, many of us have wondered how we would react in the face of such tragedy, but thankfully few of us ever have to find out. Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand is the heartbreaking, honest portrayal of one mother’s journey to the end of her daughter’s life – but it is also a tale of staying together as a family, and finding hope in the face of despair.

As a mother myself, I truly cannot comprehend the things that Anne-Dauphine Julliand has been through. Thais’ diagnosis and subsequent decline, through the loss of her vision, hearing, and so much more, is absolutely heartrending in and of itself. But while dealing with those issues, Julliand and her husband also faced the challenges of providing a stable base for their healthy four year old, as well as coping with pregnancy. Worse yet, when the baby is born, they find that she also has MLD. Caught so early, a bone marrow transplant gives hope for slowing the progression of her disease, but it requires a lengthy hospital stay.

The thought of coordinating two children’s hospitalizations along with the daily demands of a preschooler is a logistical nightmare simply from a practical standpoint. Dealing with the repercussions of a terminal illness at the same time is unthinkable. And yet, Julliand faces all of it with a grace that is both admirable and heartrendingly honest. Two Small Footprints in Wet Sand, incredibly sad though it may be, is an absolutely beautiful story of how our children are our best teachers, and of learning to live our days to the fullest – no matter how many we have.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)