This book is focused on the life and strength of Jacqueline Williams. She was born with a severe illness due to a drug called Thalidomide. And in the overview, we shall see the physical mental and spiritual obstacles that came before her and how she overcame and perservered to a place of peace and strength in Christ What is Thalidomide Thalidomide is a sedative drug discovered at the end of the 50s, which caused a worldwide tragedy. The drug has been prescribed to many pregnant women in order to relieve pregnancy nausea. It was later found that thalidomide caused irreversible damages to the fetus and thousands of children were born with severe congenital malformations. Many of them did not survive more than a few days after they were born. Grünenthal is a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Aachen in Germany. It was founded in 1946 as Chemie Grünenthal and has been continuously family-owned. Grünenthal became infamous in the 1950s and 1960s for the development and sale of the teratogenic drug thalidomide, marketed as the sleeping pill Contergan and promoted as a morning sickness preventive. Thalidomide caused severe birth defects, miscarriages, and other severe health problems. Though these side effects were proven conclusively in 1959,[and 1962,Grünenthal continued marketing the drug well into the 1970s and 1980s. Thalidomide created a range of disabilities in babies including shortening and absence of limbs, malformation of hands and digits, damage to ears and eyes, sensory impairment, facial disfigurement/palsy and damage to the brain, internal organs and skeletal structure.Thalidomide created a range of disabilities in babies including shortening and absence of limbs, malformation of hands and digits, damage to ears and eyes, sensory impairment, facial disfigurement/palsy and damage to the brain, internal organs and skeletal structure.Thalidomide created a range of disabilities in babies including shortening and absence of limbs, malformation of hands and digits, damage to ears and eye. It is difficult to find accurate figures on the number of babies born with thalidomide damage as many were not carried full term. Some were still born orIt is difficult to find accurate figures on the number of babies born with thalidomide damage as many were not carried full term. Some were still born or 10,000 babies were born worldwide and today fewer than 3,000 survive. died very soon after birth. It is widely believed that as many as 100,000 babies were affected by the drug in total. My parents met at Foster’s Cosmetology College in a small town called Ripley, Mississippi. My father was in school to become a barber and my mother was in school to become a hairdresser. Mrs Hazel Foster founded Foster’s Cosmetology College in Ripley, Mississippi in 1949 My mother became pregnant and had a severe case of morning sickness. She went to a women’s clinic where she was given a sample of the drug called thalidomide . While taking thalidomide my mother began to experience symptoms of numbness, tingling, pain, burning in her hands and feet. Even a single dose of Thalidomide taken during pregnancy could cause severe birth defects, physical problems present in the baby at birth or death of the unborn baby During my mother’s pregnancy she was at a high risk of loosening or causing severe birth defects to her unborn baby. I was born on January 1,1968 at Ripley, Mississippi. When I was born my feet were turned backwards, I was very small had to be Handle gently because of my legs and feet. As a baby my parents had to lay me on a scooter. God used Mrs. Hazel Foster as an angel from heaven to be a help to my parents. Mrs Hazel Foster offered to take my parents from doctors to doctors, which told them that I would never walk nor live to reach adulthood. When there seems to be no way, God will make a way out of no way. God didn’t give up on me, neither did Mrs Hazel Foster give up on me. There was hope for me, Mrs Foster along with my parents took me to the Le Bonheur Children Hospital. Le Bonheur is currently a 255-bed tertiary care children’s hospital located in Memphis Tennessee. Le bonheur has more than 700 medical staff representing pediatric specialties. Approximately 170 patients per day are admitted, mostly from Tennessee and nearby states but also around the world. Le Bonheur’s healthcare professionals perform 13,000 surgeries each year. Le Bonheur sees children from around the world. I spent most of my childhood at Le Bonheur. I had 24 major surgeries. I went from a scooter, crutches, Braces, wheelchair and walker. With me being affected by Thalidomide it causes me to have certain surgeries on my legs and heart. Because of the scheduled number of surgeries that I had to have, Le bonheur was my home away from home. My parents separated, my mother left me with my father there while living in the dormitory, he continued to attend Fosters Cosmetology College. Mrs Foster made sure I was taken care of by other students that lived in the dormitory. Mr. Allen Christmas offered to take my father back and forth from Ripley Mississippi to Memphis Tennessee to Cripple Children’s School to my doctor’s appointments. Crippled Children’s Hospital School was a hospital that met the needs of severely crippling children with illnesses and diseases related to birth defects, such as poliomyelitis, tuberculosis of the spine and osteomyelitis as well as congenital defects such as clubbed feet and other deformities. Things were beginning to change, with all the traveling back and forth from Ripley Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee was beginning to be a financial burden to my father due to gas prices. Crippled Children’s Hospital School cared for many hundreds of children without any cost to their families. My father had to leave me at the Cripple Children’s Hospital School, among doctors and nurses who took really good care of me and of the rest of the children in the hospital. I never got to go home much or even go to public schooling. The doctors would release me with casts on both legs to go home to heal After while at home for a short period of time God blessed me to have a tutor to school me, until it was time to go back to the hospital. While spending a lot of my childhood at Cripple Children’s Hospital School I got to get a lot of my schooling there. All the nurses would get us up early every morning to get us ready for school. They would give all the children including myself baths and put our clotheson, put us in our wheelchairs to go to the dinning room for breakfast. Our main meal was oatmeal along with eggs and sometimes even toast. Some people say they don’t like hospital food. I had no choice but to eat hospital food, hospital food is not bad especially when that’s all that you had to eat. After breakfast, the nurses would put us back in our beds and roll our beds into this huge room that looked like a replica of the White House where we went to school. When it was time for my scheduled surgeries, I also spent a lot of time being transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital as well. I never was afraid of my stay in the hospital, but when the time of visitation came, it was a very sad time for me. All of the children got to see their parents, but I never got a visit from my parents. During the surgeries at Le Bonheur children’s Hospital by the grace of God the doctors were able to turn my feet to normal. But I still had a long journey for the doctors to get me to the point where I could walk on my own, because I couldn’t bend my legs the doctors had to break the bone in my legs. Thalidomide damaged some of my organs. I had heart surgery due to having a heart murmur and an extra noise heard during a heart beat. One of the valves of my heart was beginning to closeup, this cause for the need to have surgery immediately The devil was trying to kill me but God was there to protect me and to help me reach my purpose. The doctors had reached the point where they got me to wear braces and crutches and I could be released to go home. I had my last surgery when I was in the 6th grade which left me still on crutches, braces, and in a wheelchair for a little while. When I went to the doctor for a checkup, they finally released me from wearing crutches and braces. I could walk on my own . Today I’m 56 years old. Thalidomide shortened my growth. I have short legs and long arms. I walk with a limp. I must use my hands to get up and down from my bed and couch because I can’t bend my legs. I stand 4 feet tall. God bless me to live for the purpose to make me A testimony to share my story that he may get the glory out of my life. I am Jacqueline Williams. I am an inspirational speaker, minister, podcast host, and author. I have been featured in Canvas Rebel magazine. I’m a woman who has overcome obstacles and hardships I have not only survived I became an overcomer. Living in Mississippi I am a mother, dreamer survivor, a believer in the hope to rise up to defeat life’s challenges to not be a victim but to become victorious. I know individuals are looking for ways to become overcomers. My story is relevant because there will always be challenges life is not always easy or fair. only with God’s strength we can win.I desire to encourage you, the reader there is no victory in just Surviving you must Overcome. In this book I share my faith, mind, and endurance with God’s strength I know firsthand what it’s like to be a survivor as I touch bases on my life of sickness, abuse, rejection, manipulation, looking for love in all the wrong places. However, my ultimate victory came about when I realized my true identity in Christ. Who God has called me to for his purpose. More information about Overcomer By Jacqueline Williams Available on Amazon Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0BGN97VHZ/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?ie=UTF8&qid&sr&fbclid=IwAR0nfkI9sGtySp8A9dn0wVkwe8hgPoxYug3mUV3pKOMuHzA0IpMO1_-L3ys

Submitted by Jacqueline (Author of the book)

June 2024