Bank Square Books presents an author signing with Margaret Moore for the book Bold, Brave and Breathless.
About the Book
When Margaret Anne Mary Moore’s umbilical cord prolapsed and caused a five-minute deprivation during her February 1997 birth and delivery, she was given no chance of survival. As she was being connected to respirators in the neonatal intensive care unit, her parents were told that she would not live through the night. No medical personnel can explain why she survived and began to breathe on her own; they have labeled it a miraculous recovery. Margaret came home with cerebral palsy, a physical disability that impedes her ability to independently sit, stand, and walk. She relies on a wheelchair and walker. Given her speech impediment that makes her verbalizations unintelligible to those beyond her immediate family and close friends, she also relies on an Assistive and Augmentative Communication device, a specialized computer that allows her to type in her thoughts and have them read aloud by its synthesized voice. Margaret has needed assistance with feeding, dressing, tending to personal care needs, and transferring between her assistive equipment and furniture all her life.
Just before her second birthday, Margaret’s father died of a rare form of stomach cancer. She and her two older brothers were raised by their mom Anne, a single mother who believes in the power of perseverance, teaching the children that they should use the determination that their father Terrence had in his cancer battle as inspiration for overcoming obstacles to achieve their greatest ambitions. Because Anne recognized the intelligence that Margaret had in early childhood, she enrolled her in regular education when she was entering preschool. Using assistive technology to complete her work, Margaret attended normal classes and was held to the same academic standards as her able-bodied peers from preschool through her graduate studies. With her walker, she grew up playing adaptive soccer and running competitively. She has been a Girl Scout since five years old, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, and has even participated in extreme sports such as ice skating, parasailing, and ziplining. She now shares her childhood experiences in her debut memoir Bold, Brave, and Breathless: Reveling in Childhood’s Splendiferous Glories While Facing Disability and Loss.
About the Author
Margaret earned her MFA in creative nonfiction and poetry from Fairfield University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program last year and is also a 2020 magna cum laude graduate of Fairfield University with a bachelor’s degree in English/Creative Writing and a minor in psychology. She currently works as a book editor and the marketing coordinator of an independent publisher, Woodhall Press, and also as an ambassador for her communication device manufacturer, PRC-Saltillo. She presents at national and international conferences multiple times each year, advocating for disability inclusion, accommodation, and tolerance of diversity in higher education and other sectors. In her personal time, she has founded service initiatives such as Positivity For Patients: The Art of Yes You Can, which works to donate works of art and writing depicting themes of motivation and positivity to be installed in hospitals in the hopes of uplifting patients’ spirits during long hospitalizations. More information on her initiatives, credentials, and book can be found at margaretannemarymoore.com.
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Bold, Brave, and Breathless: Reveling in Childhood’s Splendiferous Glories While Facing Disability and Loss (Paperback)
By Margaret Anne Mary Moore
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Published: Woodhall Press – October 2nd, 2023