Pattie experienced every mother’s worst nightmare—twice.
While struggling to manage the aftermath of her nineteen-year-old son Casey’s traumatic brain injury, Pattie clung to her faith and took a hard look at the past—the kids’ tender childhood memories, their challenging teenage years, the skeletons in the closet, and her recent divorce.
But when tragedy struck again, Pattie had to make a choice—to remain stuck in her grief or to step into the life she was meant to create.
Moving and heart-wrenching, A Mother’s Dance is a story about hope, perseverance, self-discovery, choices, and most importantly about love . . . the sad and the wondrous.
"Pattie's touching memoir is the heart and soul of a mother's love---from happiness to despair, and everything in-between. It will inspire you to face calamitous events and refuse to be conqurered by them." ~National Jefferson Award Winner Dave Pelzer, Auth or "A Child Called 'It'". How does one measure the depth of a mother’s love? Pattie never thought it possible until she experienced every mother’s worst nightmare—twice. With all three kids in college and thriving, Pattie is excited about embarking on her new career as community relations manager at Barnes & Noble. That is, until she receives word that her nineteen-year-old son has been admitted to the Medical University of South Carolina and tagged “John Doe” after he suffered a traumatic brain injury. Now her sole concern is to get to Charleston, 250 miles away, before he takes his final breath. Although Casey is given only twenty-four hours to live, Pattie clings to her faith and refuses to accept her son’s death sentence. During Casey’s long and arduous healing, Pattie takes a hard look at the past—the kid’s tender childhood memories, their challenging teenage years, the skeletons in the closet, and the circumstances that have formed her into who she has become. When tragedy strikes again, Pattie must make a choice—to remain stuck in her grief or to step into the life she’s meant to create. Moving and heart-wrenching, A Mother’s Dance, is a story about hope, perseverance, self-discovery, hard choices, and most importantly about love. . .the sad and the wondrous. “I wrote this book in hopes it would bring healing to others,” Hall says. “Instead I discovered that I was the one who healed."
Pattie Welek Hall is the author of a children’s book, Believe, translated into Spanish, Creer. A Mother's Dance: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, Full Circle was named a 2013 Shortlist Finalist for the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner award for “Narrative Nonfiction.” She’s been published in International Brain Injury Association 10th World Congress scientific journal, “Brain Injury”, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries, and she hosts an Internet radio talk show, Joy Radio, from Charleston, South Carolina, where she makes her home.