The Caleb Years
Shreveport resident and local author David P. Ingerson has a new release titled, The Caleb Years. The book chronicles the story of his fourth child, Caleb, who was born with three major undiagnosed congenital anomalies.
Doctors told Ingerson and his wife that their son would live at most for a couple of days, and they were faced with either believing the assessment or fighting for the life of their child.
Caleb was born with a congenital heart defect known as hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) and also with EA-TEF (Esophageal atresia/tracheoesophageal fistula), which is a birth defect where the baby is unable to swallow and may also have trouble breathing. HLHS is estimated to appear in about 1 in every 4,000 babies while EA-TEF affects about 1 in every 3,000.
Caleb and his family beat the odds for a time and faced great challenges every day. He endured ten major surgeries and faced the dread of blood transfused HIV.
"We believe that our story can be of help to someone else," Ingerson said. "In some ways, I've begun to feel as though it's a duty of sorts to share the story. I think that probably the most vivid or helpful lesson for me is one that I still need to better learn and that is - emotions cannot be trusted nor should they be ignored. Learn to deal with your emotions by living through them."
The Caleb Years is an inspirational account of the struggles that parents of chronically ill children routinely face. Ingerson's story is one of vivid emotion and struggle, yet is one that provides hope for all.
Ingerson hopes that his book helps others realize that although we may not be able to achieve the outcome we are hoping for in certain situations, we still have the ability to choose whether we live with hope and thanks or with bitterness.
"If you don't have victory and succeed in the way people might think and the child isn't healed to live to adulthood, then [you feel] you've failed. I felt like a failure but decided not to stay there."
Ingerson has traveled the world as a speaker and evangelist and is accustomed to motivating others to achieve greatness and to rise above life's difficulties.
"The most important lesson learned through the ordeal from which the book originated, don't deny or think you can ignore your challenging emotions; but, learn to express and deal with them when appropriate, and thereby be healthy in heart and mind."
The Caleb Years is available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and anywhere books are sold. For more information about David Ingerson and his book, visit his website, www.thecalebyears.com.
By Matthew Pizzolato