8th July, 2015
West Yorkshire, UK
What Life is Really Like for a Mum with Bipolar and her Two Boys with Autism
Autistic Blessings and Bipolar Me by E.J. Plows
Autistic Blessings and Bipolar Me is an utterly frank and no-holes-barred account of family life with two boys with autism, from author and mother Emma Plows who’s living with bipolar affective disorder. In diary format, Plows chronicles the highs and lows of her individual day-to-day life with a glaring lack of self-pity and plenty of straight talking, love and appreciation for her one-of-a-kind family. Plows wrote the book primarily to help parents and carers of children with autism realise they don’t need to be perfect and that they need to look after their own health and wellbeing in order to care for their children.
Plows and her family faced a series of life-changing news between 2004 and 2009. Plows, now thirty seven was diagnosed with bipolar, formerly known as manic depression. Son Moses, now twelve, was diagnosed with autism, a condition characterised by social, communication and behavioural difficulties. And older brother Noah, now fourteen, was found to have Asperger’s Syndrome, a somewhat milder version.
With the love and support of husband Ben and help of registered therapy dog Pink, Plows has come to realise that to raise children with autism, parents should accept the diagnosis and understand that while people with the condition see the world differently, most of the parenting issues such as homework, discipline and sibling rivalry are just the same.
“I've never thought, why me?” begins Plows. “I'm the luckiest mum in the world to have the boys I do. I'm challenged, I've been educated and I truly believe I wouldn't have been given two boys that I couldn't fight for and take so much joy from,” she continues. But it’s fair to say that she has some reservations too. “Autism isn’t the tragedy, ignorance is,” she adds.
Plows’ book has already received great online reviews and has been awarded 4.8 out of a possible 5 stars at online book store Amazon. “I loved the honest portrayals of both the good and the bad days” says one reviewer. “It made me laugh and cry and was a bit of a roller coaster,” says another. Plows’ also has a 4.86 rating on Goodreads with over three hundred ratings.
Autistic Blessings and Bipolar Me is available now in paperback for £7.99 and in Kindle format for just £2.99.
To order, visit the Amazon.co.uk book page HERE
Customers in the USA can order via Amazon.com HERE
Note to Editors
For interviews and photographs please contact Emma Plows on 07807050496 or at [email protected].