Nancy Schwartz on Raising a Son with Trisomy 21 / Down Syndrome

Nancy Schwartz:”Up, Not Down Syndrome: Uplifting Lessons Learned from Raising a Son with Trisomy 21″

Presented February 11, 2021
for Phoenixville Public Library

Up, Not Down Syndrome is a love letter and a map. Experience how it feels to think your life is over after having an unlovable baby. At first the loss seems impossible to overcome. Alex becomes Nancy’s greatest teacher. Love is stronger than fear. Everyone has gifts. The book consists of three parts: the story, the lessons Alex taught Nancy, and Alex’s perspective. Up, Not Down Syndrome is a promise to stay positive, no matter what: up, not down. Nancy’s journey gets to the core of what it is to be human.

Nancy M. Schwartz has taught in Pennsylvania for 26 years. She holds certificates as an ESL program specialist, reading specialist, and elementary and early education teacher. Nancy’s undergraduate degree came from Temple University, and she attended graduate school at Saint Joseph’s University. Nancy spent several summers studying at the Teachers College Columbia University, Reading and Writing Project. She enjoys ballet, reading, writing, art, fashion, animals, music, and, most of all, motherhood. This is her first book. More info at​.

My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol & Drugs: The Tony Mandarich Story.

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As Tony Mandarich left Green Bay in February, 1993,
his football career in shambles, Packer Plus staff
writer, Tom Mulhern, wrote the following:

"The overriding sentiment, however, is one of emptiness. Not so
much for promises unfulfilled, but for sins not repented.
Maybe some day Mandarich will set the record straight
and answer all the nagging questions he leaves behind.
I hope so."

For all the sports writers, fans, coaches, friends and family,
My Dirty Little Secrets sets the record straight. On the
20th anniversary of his draft in 1989, Tony reveals
the reasons why he never achieved what the nation expected of
him, and what he expected of himself. His story is an
inspiration for alcoholics and drug abusers, and offers
hope for those trying to help themselves out of the nightmare
of addiction.

My Dirty Little Secrets promises to help readers
  • Learn about the power of addiction
  • Discover how co-dependency and enablers affect addicts
  • Understand why treatment for addictions is so important in recovery
  • Realize the importance of emotional suppot systems in the lives of alcoholics
  • Accept the role of the Higher Power's grace in recovery

    "My Dirty Little Secrets is a testament that faith in a higher
    power can bring us to salvation and light. Tony's story is
    touched by magic and brushes against the tragic. It's
    a great human journey and a victory for the human spirit."

    --Jim Irsay, Owner, Indianapolis Colts, Super Bowl (r) XLI Champions

    After a highly successful and nationally publicized college
    career at Michigan State Unviersity, Tony Mandarich was
    drafted number two in 1989. The hype about his power and
    standing as a football player along with Tony's addictions,
    was more than he could live up to, and his life came crashing
    down around him. After three more years of alcohol and
    painkillers' abuse, Tony accepted God's hand, went into
    treatment and now considers it a privilege to be able to help
    other addicts when called upon.

    Learn more at

    Book #6 in the Reflections of America Series

    from Modern History Press
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