About the author, Kelly Brennan
When Kelly’s daughter was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare auto-immune disease, she looked for resources to help her child understand what an infusion day would be like….but she couldn’t find anything. That’s when she decided to create it herself and asked her talented young niece, Elleigh, to illustrate it. Because rare diseases impact the entire family, Kelly’s hope is this book will help prepare children and their siblings for the changes ahead.
Caroline completed 31 rounds of IVIG treatments over 3 years. She is still on oral medications to keep the disease at bay, and thankfully, she has been responding well to treatment. Her big sister, Lily, continues to be the most compassionate sibling a chronically ill child could ask for.
A former television news reporter, Kelly spent years story-telling, but this one is her favorite story she’s ever told. Kelly lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband Kevin, and two sweet girls.
About the illustrator, Elleigh Culver
Elleigh started creating the images for this book when she was just 15. She completed a 32-page book while also being a student-athlete at Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio.
The original plan was for Elleigh to come to one of her cousin Caroline’s infusions so she could see firsthand the things she would be illustrating. A world-wide pandemic prevented that from happening, yet Elleigh still managed to beautifully detail infusion scenes from only seeing pictures her aunt texted her.
Elleigh was recently accepted to Columbus College of Art and Design where she plans to major in illustration.