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A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir by Debbie Phelps

By Debbie Phelps

Whereas her son Michael extremely joyful the realm along with his record-setting eight-gold-medal functionality through the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Debbie Phelps stole the convey. No Olympics insurance used to be entire with out her, and he or she usually seemed together with her son-and proved a way more compelling visitor. in spite of everything, she was once the person who drove him to all these pre-dawn practices, who raised him and his sisters on my own, who informed him he may prevail whilst doubts crept in, who instilled his self-discipline and force through her instance. A unmarried mom and committed college central, Debbie is aware how you can bring up a winning baby, regardless of the percentages. Her tale can be one in all adversity, commitment, and the fight to beat life?s demanding situations. In her memoir, she inform her complete tale for the 1st time: What occurred to her husband, Michael?s father? What does it take to elevate a champion? What have been the demanding situations of being a unmarried mom? what's Michael relatively like?

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Dye, Mr. Chaney, and Mrs. Schultz about my potential, I knew that nothing could change my plans to attend Fairmont State. Well, almost nothing. ” Did I love the idea that he wanted to date other people? No. But since I had never really dated anyone seriously other than Fred, I decided to enjoy having space myself and go out with a guy named Danny Wade, who was also on the football and wrestling teams and was handsome too. Life Adjustments 45 One Friday night at the football game, when I was standing on the sidelines in my cheerleading uniform during a break and was planning to go out on a date with Danny afterward, I turned around and there was Fred—who had decided to surprise me by coming home unannounced.

And I thought of him in his true element: cheering and loving every minute of the hometown games out at the high school stadium under the Friday night lights. With so much life in him, nothing could have convinced me that he wouldn’t rally and beat this. Miracles happen every day, I reminded myself. When it was time to leave, I gave him a kiss and a hug, telling him I would come to see him every day that I was home. He didn’t respond to that. Instead, he directed his remarks to Fred, saying, “I want to ask you to look after the family for me now.

The news landed like a bomb when we learned that Dad had been to see specialists at University Hospital in Baltimore City—and they had discovered that he had colon cancer. Immediately I said I was going to drop out of school to help Mother take care of him and drive him up to the doctors, stay with him at the hospital, whatever was required, but he wouldn’t hear of it. “Don’t worry about me, Debbie,” he insisted. ” When Beau Davisson made a pronouncement like that, with Life Adjustments 47 that level of authority, there was no doubting it.

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