Updated: Jun 16, 2022
Special Needs Mom and Author,Kelly Speck and her husband Travis shares their experience. Check out her book 'Hope in the Heartache: The Journey of Grace and Growth with a Special Needs Child ' We discuss the baby formula shortage and more...
Check out an inspiring memoir interview by special needs mom and author Kelly Speck. She joins the show to discuss her journey
Hope in the Heartache: A Journey of Grace and Growth with a Special Needs Child “He was born blue; he was barely alive. All the air had been sucked from the room.” May 16
By Kelly Speck Kelly Speck had planned for her newborn son, Bennett, to be placed on her bare chest for his first attempt at breastfeeding. Instead, he was whisked away to the NICU. It was, as Speck writes, “the kickoff of a nightmare journey.”
The doctors said the end was near for Bennett. Was there any hope? Hope in the Heartache, Kelly Speck’s true-to-life and immaculately detailed memoir, tells of Bennett’s fight to survive and his family’s journey through grief and exhaustion in hospitals, churches, and insurance offices. The Specks never lost faith, and in their devotion to God and family, they learned what matters most: hope.
Hope in the Heartache: The Journey of Grace and Growth with a Special Needs Child is at once a devastating and uplifting story. It’s for anyone who has faced trauma, for anyone supporting a loved one in crisis, and for anyone who needs to know how it might feel to confront — and overcome — true heartache.
Kelly Speck once thought she would spend her life as a working mom and wife, hustling in Corporate America while volunteering for the PTA. Life’s numerous curveballs, however, have prompted an evolution; she now considers herself a recovering type-A planner. For more than twenty years now, she has performed accounting in an array of industries while maintaining a strong marriage to her college sweetheart, Travis. Kelly and Travis have three children who have, along with her deep faith, humbled her profoundly. When her high school friends voted her "Most Likely to Drive a Minivan," she scoffed and declared that would never happen. Ironically, the Specks currently own not one but two minivans.
Kelly's favorite of the two has a ramp for her oldest son, Bennett, a quadriplegic, and she considers it the world’s greatest honor to serve as chauffeur for him and his two younger siblings. As she faces work’s daily challenges while remaining a proud wife, mom, and caregiver for Bennett, Kelly's mantra is: life is not always easy, but it is always beautiful. Kelly Speck is author of Hope in the Heartache: A Journey of Grace and Growth with a Special Needs Child.