Sunday, July 14, 2013

OLD BEFORE MY TIME WITH PROGERIA, by Hayley and Kerry Okines with Alison Stokes

I forget where I saw this book advertised, but bought it for my Kindle. I’m glad I did. It is one of those books that keeps you engrossed.
Old Before My Time is a fascinating account of this family’s challenges and joys. Alternating chapters are from the perspective of Hayley Okines’ mother and then from Hayley’s point of view. It is very well done.
As a writer myself, I want to send out kudos to Alison Stokes for assembling their story in an entertaining and enlightening way. The events are the Okines’, but the skilled writing of Ms. Stokes makes the book definitely readable.
I highly recommend this tale of a little girl’s journey through a devastating illness by putting a positive spin on it. Currently 13 years of age, she lost her best friend when Hayley was only 8 and her friend only 11. As devastating as aging eight times faster than normal is, Progeria has opened doors for Hayley and her family that are shut for most of us. Follow her fascinating trips to meet famous people and the overwhelming medical procedures she endures to find a cure for this painful illness.
An annual event for Progeria children and their families provides them all with encouragement and helps promote research for a cure. May it advance quickly. — Gail Lewis
Here are  links to Hayley Okines’ pages:

Product Details
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd (March 1, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908192550
ISBN-13: 978-1908192554