Saving: A Doctor’s Struggle to Help His Children

Shane Neilson

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Why do we fall ill? How do we get better? 

When his two-year-old develops epilepsy, Shane Neilson, a doctor, struggles to obtain timely medical care for his son. Saving shares his family’s journey through the medical system, and also Shane’s own personal journey as a father who feels powerless when faced with his child’s illness. It entwines these stories with Shane’s personal history of mental illness as a child and his professional experience with disability. 

By exploring  the theme of family, Shane Neilson manages to show that, over time, it is possible to not only escape the wreckage of the past, but to celebrate living with disability in the present.


Advance Praise

“Shane Neilson is a brilliant writer and his work deserves to be better known. There hasn’t been such a poignant and harrowing memoir of fatherhood in Canada since Ian Brown’s The Boy in The Moon.” – Karen Connelly, author of The Change Room

Shane Neilson

Shane Neilson

SHANE NEILSON is a writer and a family physician. His previous books include Meniscus, Gunmetal Blue, and Complete Physical, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Poetry Award, and the short story collection Will. Neilson has published essays and reviews in many Canadian literary magazines and newspapers. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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