10 Most Annoying Things People Say to NICU Parents

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On May 4th, 1992, Carma finally got to take her baby home after 73 days on an emotional roller coaster in a place that felt like science fiction. Surrounded by a sea of babies, most of them weighing under 2 pounds (1 kilogram), kept alive through surgeries, daily being needled, tubed, taped and treated in ways no parent wants their baby to experience. More

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ISBN: 9781452333786
About Carma Chan

Born 1958 in Los Angeles, raised by platypuses.

Official Letter of Recommendation
from Professor Richard Walter, UCLA Film School

I have known Carma for five years, first as my student in an off-campus screenwriting seminar, and then in my UCLA Summer Session course in advanced screenwriting. She started working on her remarkable SAARDU quite some years ago, and surely would have finished it sooner if she had not put the care and nurturing of a special-needs child ahead of her ambitions as a writer.

Carma demonstrates politeness and humility, and an exceptional dedication and passion for mastering her art and craft. I found her first draft of SAARDU to be original, fresh, and highly marketable. I gave her notes on the script; she accepted constructive analysis with an open heart and mind.

Working with Carma is a joy. She strives always to do her best, yet with a lightheartedness that is contagious. She is gracious and patient and honorable in every way. She has a deep love for storytelling. With her vivid imagination and love for life, she is capable of writing anything she puts her mind and heart to. She has written several screenplays, all of them worthy. SAARDU is, however, in my view the most special among her stories.

SAARDU represents one piece of a vast new myth. It involved challenging choices regarding structure and other screenwriting issues. Through perseverance and diligence she solved all of them. This script is no small achievement. It is worthy of consideration at the highest levels of the industry.

It has been an honor and enchantment to have come to know Carma and to have been able to support her in the creation of SAARDU.

SAARDU is a story of relationships and identity. These are very same themes that lie at the heart of worthwhile dramatic narratives going all the way back to the ancient Greek masters.

SAARDU is another world, in another time, but it is also a reflection of us, here and now. Ruby, the unlikely hero, is endearing and I found myself cheering for her at the turn of every page. Carma has created several strong characters to challenge and guide Ruby.

I promise you'll agree that Carma is a writer worth reading.


Prof. Richard Walter
UCLA Screenwriting Chairman
October 2009


Music by Tony Bunn, used for this celebration of life with his express permission. Snapshots of my son's life.


Review by: Susan Mighan on Aug. 05, 2012 : (no rating)
All three of my boys have been in the nicu, the youngest twice and the second time almost died. When I read this book I cried because it expressed in words everything I had ever felt. Thank you for putting these emotions in words and giving me a release. I hope your son is thriving.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)

Review by: Miya Kressin on April 29, 2011 :
We only had to deal with a 10 day NICU stay when our daughter was born with GBS sepsis. But I was right there with you as to the 10 things you don't want to hear while you're in there. Thank you for offering a well-written, candid, and heartfelt account of your experiences as a veteran of the NICU.
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