Congratulations to Jordan Nanos for successfully writing and publishing the book 22q Through My Eyes!
Jordan was an 18-year-old patient at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto when he started writing the book. It took him two and a half years to do it, and the book was edited by Andrea Shugar and Stephanie Ngo. Jordan and Stephanie recently received the 22q CARE Award from the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at SickKids.
In this inspiring book, Jordan Nanos, a young adult with 22q11 deletion syndrome shares with us his personal journey growing up with 22q. He talks openly about some of the challenges he has experienced with respect to social skills, bullying, learning, mental health, transitioning to adulthood and keeping safe. Jordan discusses some of the strategies he has used to help cope with these challenges. He encourages others to focus on their strengths and accept themselves for who they are, reminding us that we all have the ability to find happiness within ourselves.
The target audience of 22q Through My Eyes are teenagers and young adults with 22q11.2DS. You can purchase it for $20 directly from the Genetic Counsellors of Ontario, which is the publisher of the book. All proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to the SickKids Foundation 22q Family Fund. Thank you for your support!
Jordan and Stephanie received the 22q CARE Award on Zoo Day 2018.