Secrets of Life with Brachial Plexus Palsy

By Denise Justice
Illustrated by Susan Eatmon
Edited by Holly Wagner

Subjects: Children's Fiction, Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, Medical, Pediatrics
Open Access : 9781607855705, 72 pages, standard color, 5.5 x 8.5, May 2020
Paperback : 9781607855699, 72 pages, standard color, 5.5 x 8.5, May 2020
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In this book, Marie is just a normal little girl except that one of her arms is different!
Secrets of Life with Brachial Plexus Palsy is the story of a baby girl who grows up with dreams and ambitions like everybody else. Some of her dreams are to play like other children, to show others that there is nothing that she cannot do, and to pursue any career that she chooses when she grows up. Life with this condition can be challenging, and as the years pass, Marie uncovers secrets that allow her to overcome the stigma of her Brachial Plexus Palsy – secrets she would like to share with you…
Let Marie show you that living life with Brachial Plexus Palsy is an exciting journey!

About the Author
As the first occupational therapist of the Brachial Plexus Program at the University of Michigan Hospitals, Denise Justice has been an inspiring contributor to the Program’s mission— to provide the best interdisciplinary medical care for patients with neonatal brachial plexus palsy (NBPP) through collaboration, research, and innovation. Ms. Justice is a cornerstone of their team of medical practitioners. She is a leader in sharing her vast clinical expertise nationally and locally through courses, conferences, and patient-oriented activities. She welcomes new concepts and innately understands the importance of research and revolution of ideas towards the program’s vision to better the lives of patients with NBPP. Quoting Ms. Justice, “This book is dedicated to my family, my patients, and my co-workers who support and inspire me every single day. My children—Luke, Morgan, and Nicholas—along with my husband, Craig, shed light into the family experiences that have been incorporated into this story. My patients who have shared their experiences and feelings related to growing up with neonatal brachial plexus palsy motivated the central themes in this story. My co-workers have supported, encouraged and guided me with creating this story. However, without the generous support of donations from the grandfather of Rylee Tracey and a Fostering of Innovation Grant (FIGS), this story never would have been printed.”

About the Illustrator

Susan Eatmon loved being creative at an early age. She started painting murals in 1987. She also works as a graphic designer since 1995 when she graduated from Tampa College with a degree in Commercial Art. She enjoys creating art in a variety of media including acrylic paint, prisma color pencil, pen and ink, graphite, and most recently digital. You can see more of her work by visiting This book was a very special project for Susan. Her son, Shane, was diagnosed with neonatal brachial plexus palsy aff ecting his right arm in 2001. Shane is now 9 years old, and after 3 surgeries, he is doing fantastic and getting stronger all the time thanks to the wonderful team of doctors and therapists in the Brachial Plexus Program at the University of Michigan.