More Than a Diagnosis

Jessica Burdg

“What do you want the world to know about your child?”

“What is raising a child who is differently-abled like for you, as a parent?”

These are two of the many questions Jessica Burdg asked the families you’ll meet in More Than a Diagnosis, a compilation of sixteen poignant profiles from her ongoing blog series, “Stories of Hope.”

Here, parents share their most painful moments as well as their triumphs, big and small, from the front lines of their living rooms, schools, doctor’s offices, and more—all so you may find solace, recognition, and inspiration in their accounts.

Included are stories of families whose children have conditions like autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, rare genetic conditions, traumatic brain injuries, or others. As unique as each child’s journey is, common threads emerge: Pursuing different treatments. Rejecting limitations. Choosing hope.

There’s no sugar-coating it; these stories are raw. They are real. They will change you.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the Who Is Carter Foundation, which fully funds The Brain Possible. Both organizations support differently-abled children and their families.

Jessica Burdg

Jessica Burdg is a writer with a passion for personal narratives, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her essays and articles have been featured in multiple magazines and anthologies, and her essay on mental health was a finalist for the 2019 Conger J. Beasley Jr. Award for Nonfiction.

She is the founder of Project Penpal ( and the editorial chair for both Who Is Carter and The Brain Possible. As are all human beings, Jessica is a work in progress. She also always has several works in progress; you can find them at Jessica lives in the Midwest with her daughters.

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