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Project Empowerment - Sophie Walker

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New Show with Sophie Walker, author of Grace, Under Pressure: A Girl with Asperger’s and Her Marathon Mom.
When Sophie Walker's daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, her world unraveled. Her high-powered job was in disarray. She couldn't sleep, often woke in tears, and felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother.

One day she realized she hadn't done any exercise for months — neglecting her physical health as well as her mental wellbeing. Previously a keen runner, she set herself the challenge of running the London Marathon to raise awareness of Asperger’s Syndrome and make her physically strong enough to support her daughter.

Through running, Sophie ultimately found the strength to battle for Grace’s education, happiness, and future, as well as the inner strength to overcome her own frustration and depression.  She also began the 'Grace Under Pressure' blog where she wrote about day-to-day life raising Grace, as well as her experience training for the marathon. The combination caught the imagination of readers and the blog took off, garnering praise from a wide range of sources.

Now transformed into an upcoming new book, Grace, Under Pressure: A Girl with Asperger’s and Her Marathon Mom (New World Library, August 15, 2013) is a moving story that charts the highs and lows of raising a child with Asperger’s Syndrome and the physical challenge of training for a long-distance running event.