This is the story of a mother's fight for a beautiful adopted son who turned out to be handicapped; and of that child's fight to master his disability. A story of bravery and pain, foolishness and wisdom, love and indifference, it is a comment on how our society copes with its disabled members and their parents. Mark Frankland's stepmother Olivia adopted Freddie soon after his birth in 194-6. In her attempt first to cure her puzzlingly afflicted son, and later simply to give him a measure of well-being, she undertook a pilgrim's progress through the medical world. Diagnosed as autistic when the condition was barely known, Freddie endured child analysis, neurosurgery, drugs and locked wards. But he also found inspired guidance in the Rudolf Steiner Camphill communities, and understanding and affection among nurses, doctors and social workers who cared for him. In the end this story is of victory, but victory won at great cost.
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