Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines’ Life With Progeria

Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines' Life with Progeria by Hayley and Kerry Okines
Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines‘ Life with Progeria by Hayley and Kerry Okines

Title: Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines’ Life With Progeria
Co-authored by : Hayley and Kerry Okines

This is not a book review. How does one review a book mostly written by a 13 year old whose body is, in her own words “‘almost a hundred years old when I am actually thirteen.”?

It is a story told by Hayley and her mother Kerry, attempting to bring to focus to her condition: Hutchinson-Gildford Progeria – a condition that makes her age eight times faster than other people.

Hayley lives with great courage and wisdom. But most of all she and her family have been instrumental in bringing a lot of attention in Britian and the US towards raising funds for The Progeria Research Foundation.  Travelling to the US for treatment, Hayley caught the imagination of various television networks there and around the world.

She inspired British singer-songwriter Jane Winiberg to write and produce a song ‘Voices of Tomorrow’ to raise funds. Hayley also inspired the Chelsea football team to raise funds for the Foundation.

Hayley has been receiving treatment and the drugs trials have been giving her hope. Let me share with you an extract from the introduction to the book which is written by Hayley:

I am not worried about dying. They said the Titanic wouldn’t sink but it did, so that proves experts can be wrong and I want to prove the doctors wrong.

Let us hope Hayley does prove them wrong.

You can follow Hayley on her website: Hayley’s Progeria Page.

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Today we’re on O of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge.

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22 Comments

  1. Hi Corinne,

    My heart goes out to those suffering from Progeria, as I’ve read about this dreaded diseases. Just makes us feel so grateful for the life we’ve been given – isn’t it? Yet, some of us tend to never stop cribbing!

    Hope and pray that Hayley Okines proves the doctors wrong. She seems to be so confident, and having such a belief is half the battle won I feel.

    Thanks for sharing this with us. You’re surely half way through the challenge – so here’s cheering you up to keep going, because you are doing great 🙂

  2. It always baffles me to see such individuals with so much going against them, so full of positivity while we, mere human-beings are so cynical and jaded with so much going for us. May Hayley’s dreams come true!

  3. I am not sure when and how will i read all the books mentioned by know but i will always remain thankful to you for making me aware of so many books and authors.

    This book looks to be a heart touching one. And i am floored by her courage. Such an inspiration she is.

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