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​.

Rewriting Life Scripts: Transformational Recovery for Families of Addicts

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Finally a treatment approach that embraces the whole family!

In one sense, alcoholics and drug addicts are the fortunate ones. They have to learn a new
way to live or risk death, incarceration, and loss of everything they hold dear.

But what about the other members of their family? Because so many of them believe that the
addict is the problem, they do nothing about their own habits of mind and heart--and continue
to live in resentment, anger, and fear, feeding their own stress level and shortening their lives in a
way that's very different from the addict--yet, on another level, remarkably similar.

Rewriting Life Scripts: Transformational Recovery for Families of Addicts contains information,
explanation, and processes for change. Following the steps outlined in this book brings peace of
mind, forgiveness, reconciliation, and the ability--truly--to live happily ever after.

About the Authors

Nancy Oelklaus, Ed. D. has more than 30 years in education, specializing in curriculum development, professional
development, and leadership development. First and foremost, she is a teacher. She's also an author, coach,
speaker, and workshop leader.

Irene Watson, MA brings over 40 years of life changing experiences and study into her hands-on retreats and
workshops. Her background includes psychosynthesis therapy and entrepreneurship. Irene's vision is to inspire others to find their authentic self.

Liliane Desjardins, LCAS loves helping people to do better. With 32 years of clinical experience, she understands and appreciates the beauty, resilience, resourcefulness and deep intelligence of
human spirit.

Acclaim for Rewriting Life Scripts

" Rewriting Life Scripts is a must read for everybody in a family that lives with
addiction. A lot has been written about and for people who are addicted. But this book is
for the family. And it's good. Their advice is very straightforward and practical and their description of the family disease is a very real picture of the
kind of reactions family members develop when they live with someone who is addicted."

--Tony Mandarich, former NFL player, author of My Dirty Little Secrets: Steroids, Alcohol, and God

" Rewriting Life Scripts is an invaluable roadmap for anyone navigating the difficult journey through the family disease
of alcoholism, with stories of success from real people who have 'been there, done that' and are
willing to share their experience, strength and hope. Addiction doesn't discriminate and neither
should recovery -- recovery for the family too."

--William C. Moyers, author of Broken and

From Life Scripts Press

Learn more about this book at

SEL026000 Self-Help : Substance Abuse and Addictions - General

FAM501000 Family and Relationships : Dysfunctional Families

SEL003000 Self-Help : Adult Children of Alcoholics
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