What would you do if doctors gave your child next to no chance of living a normal life? Would you give up? Or would you fight to give your newborn the best chances possible? Triumph over Trauma, written by Gloria C. Lindsay, is the personal story of a woman who, against the odds, helped her daughter Jennifer — now an accomplished singer/musician and a resident of Long Beach — overcome mental challenges caused by a life-threatening birth.
During birth, complications caused Jennifer to lose oxygen. According to Lindsay, Jennifer was rated in as a “1″ on the Apgar Scale, a method doctors used to gauge the health of newborns. In contrast, a healthy baby scores anywhere from a “6” to a “10.” And anything below “5” is considered at risk. A score of “0” means the baby is completely unresponsive.
Because of Lindsay’s perseverance, research and hard work, Jennifer grew up to earn degrees in mathematics, engineering and computer science. She is also an opera singer, a violinist, a composer, a poet and a writer.
Carma Spence: Why did you write Triumph over Trauma?
Gloria Lindsay: I wrote this story about my daughter, Jennifer, because I felt moved to help other parents, grandparents or guardians of babies or young people, whose children may be at risk for problems caused by birth trauma. In the book I list step-by-step methods that parents can use with their children — the same methods I used with Jennifer!
I know what they are going through, and I know how hard it can be to press on in the face of medical professionals who tell you not to get your hopes up. But no matter how much effort it takes, the potential reward is always worth it — seeing your child overcome his or her disadvantages to become a high-achieving adolescent and ultimately a successful, accomplished adult.
Finally, although Triumph over Trauma includes personal stories of specific activities I did with Jennifer at various age levels to accelerate her intellectual growth. These techniques can be used with all children, not only those who experienced problems at birth.
CS: In general, what types of genres do you like to write?
GL: I love to write spiritual poetry mainly, and of course, I enjoyed writing the biography of my daughter.
CS: Where do you get your ideas?
GL: I get my ideas from prayer, meditation, reading inspirational literature, going for nature walks, the media, and from just about anywhere.
CS: Did you always like writing?
GL: When I was young, I loved to read and I loved writing inspirational speeches and short skits in high school. After my two daughters were grown, I attended spiritual book discussion groups, as well as The Great Books Club, and I would jot down ideas through discussions, where insights usually popped up for me. Even at church, I carry a pen and pad and listen for inspirational ideas to emerge that can be the creation of a new poem.
CS: Do you have a set schedule to do your writing?
GL: I know this is widely advised, but my schedule varies. Sometimes I write in the morning after meditation and prayers, and other times just before I go to sleep. Also, during the day, if ideas materialize, I grab a pen and just write whatever comes to me.
CS: How do you feel about the current state of writing? Is this a good time for writers?
GL: There seem to be more books published than ever before. Even young children are writing and publishing.
Actually, I think anytime is a great time for writers. Insight flows constantly, and we just have to be attuned and focused on what is coming to us.
Also, self publishing book companies are increasing, so many writers can accomplish their dreams through this amazing channel.
CS: What is the best advice you’ve ever received as a writer?
GL: When I began to write, my family would read the inspirational poetry and encourag me to continue writing. Even friends supported me. And, with that encouragement, I decided to have my first book published in 2004 with confidence that it would help others. People who bought the book enjoyed it and gave me positive feedback. At workshops, I learned that if you love what you are doing, continue to do it, and find the time to write as often as possible. Listen to your inner voice and take action, and love what you are doing. If it brings you joy, continue it.
CS: What is the best advice you can give as a writer?
GL: Trust yourself. If writing is something you love, do it as often as you can. If you have time, attend writing seminars and self-help classes, and then just write. If you have a story or an inspirational message to tell, do so. Then, find an audience that will give you some feedback, especially if it is friends, family, or even strangers.
CS: What’s next for you and your writing?
GL: I have two more inspirational books to be fine-tuned and edited, but I know there are more to come. I am just open to receiving as much inspiration from my family, especially my two daughters; from the community; and from insights that flow to me.
If you would like to learn more about Lindsay and her work, visit www.GloriaLindsay.com. If you would like to learn more about her daughter and the music she makes, visit www.JenniferLindsaymusic.com.
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