Aug 23, 2023

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A powerful, heart-warming page-turner by award-winning author Vickie Rubin.

The news that Vickie and Mitch’s daughter had a rare chromosome deletion and, in their scenario, a significant, life-changing diagnosis does not mean the end of their family; it is the beginning of a new and beautiful life.

 Vickie’s daughter, Jessica, changed her destiny from a woman with no clear career goals to an experienced mom who became a well-known regional advocate and champion for others, helping thousands of families navigate the special education systems.

Written with compassion, honesty, and humor, it is a beautiful, heartwarming story of family and gives a glimpse into the unique perspectives of parents,  grandparents, and siblings.

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 Award-Winning Author of Memoir "Raising Jess: A Story of Hope," Special Educator, Advocate, Mom

Vickie Rubin's memoir Raising Jess A Story of Hope is the recipient of the Gold Medal Award from Reader’s Favorite International. Her popular blog site is Vickie's Views, a humorous, inspiring commentary about various topics, including raising a child with a disability, and observations of everyday life, family, and marriage. Visit her website at

Vickie recently won two additional awards for Raising Jess from Best Books Awards and Books Excellence Awards.

Vickie graduated with her master’s degree in exceptional education from SUNY Buffalo State College with the President’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. Before writing her book, Vickie was the director of the Early Childhood Direction Center (ECDC) for Oishei Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health. Vickie is experienced working with families of children with special needs and professionals and presenting workshops on various topics related to improving outcomes for young children.

Vickie and her husband Mitch celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary in 2021. They have three children and three grandchildren, and two very active dogs.

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Raising Jess: A Story of Hope
Written by 
Vickie Rubin
Review by 
Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews 

First, I want to personally thank Vickie Rubin for providing me with this book so I may bring you this review. 

WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! Once you start reading Vickie Rubin’s memoir Raising Jess: A Story Of Hope you won’t want to put it down! Vickie opens her heart and shares the ups and downs of Raising Jess. It is a beautifully written book that will educate you, make you smile, educate you, pull on your heart strings and show you how much Jess is loved by everyone she meets! 

Instantly, Vickie pulled on my heart strings with what lead up to Jess’s birth! It was that story that left me speechless and needed to know more. It was so good that I finished the book in one sitting! Having a medical background/education I found that part of the book fascinating. However, what I loved even more was the unconditional love that Vickie and her daughter had. Within the stories you could feel how much Jess is loved!

Small world but Jess and I had something in common in that as kids we both attended Robert Warner Rehabilitation Center as kids. I was born with Hemidystrophy (left side of my body is smaller than the right) and scoliosis. We also attended Williamsville High Schools. She went to Williamsville East and I went to Williamsville South. 

One thing about Raising Jess is that Vickie included pictures of Jess, family members, friends and caregivers into the book. Not only that but she goes the extra mile and incorporates letters but she included documents too. You can see and feel how much Jess is truly loved by all she meets. 

I love how Vickie gave us insight into how her younger siblings felt having grown up with a disabled sister. This part of the story was eye opening for me as I never gave it much thought what my siblings thought of my disability. Nor did I ever wonder how they were affected by the specialized attention I received. 

The portion of the book about Bill Mahar had me yelling at my Kindle! Oh I totally agree on how upset Vickie was! I would have been livid too. 

Raising Jess: A Story Of Hope is a 5 star read that you need to add to your TBR list. 


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