Paul Austin

Paul Austin

For twenty-five years, Paul Austin has worked in emergencies - first as a firefighter, and more recently, as an ER doctor. His book, "Something For the Pain," is about the way his job almost wrecked his family. It turns out, that working rotating shifts in a busy ER can make you, and the people around you, miserable. Paul had to learn, sometimes the hard way, that he had to take care of himself in order to take care of his family and patients. When Paul was in medical school, his wife, Sally and he, had a child named Sarah. Sarah was born with Down syndrome. Paul did his best as a father and husband, but he often had difficulty "seeing past" the Down syndrome. His second book, "Beautiful Eyes: a Father Transformed, tells this story. As it turned out, writing the book helped him to see what a beautiful person his daughter is. The book was chosen by People Magazine as a "People's Picks - Best New Books" "Raising a child with Down syndrome, the author had plenty of fears and preconceptions. But from babyhood to adult-hood, Sarah challenged him to accept her not as a dire diagnosis but as a beloved, inspiring daughter. This isn't a book only for those dealing with disability; it's a ferocious, illuminating look at the stunning surprise of human connection." People Magazine, Nov. 3, 2014 Please also visit Paul's website:

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