For Rene Steelman, its not just about sharing wisdom; it’s about sharing empathy.

A mother of six, Steelman’s youngest son, TJ, was born with cerebral palsy. She has taken care of him for the past 30 years. She now shares the trials and tribulations of raising a child with severe disabilities in her new book “Heaven Sent and Bent,” to be released in spring. As part of the book launch, a lunch is set for Jan. 19 at Vancouver’s Heathman Lodge.

“(Writing the book) really was a healing process for me” Steelman said, as well as a deep calling “to reach out, especially to young mothers.”

The title is a reinterpretation of a proverb that has shaped Steelman’s outlook while caring for her son.

“There’s a saying out there, ‘heaven sent and hell-bent,’ that you have a blessing and something that comes to you, and you just better get on your bike and be determined to finish this trail you’ve been put on,” the 61-year-old said.

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