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Growing Up Backwards: Lessons Learned from Children

We are a mother and daughter team who work at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital. Our 35 years combined experience at Lurie Children’s has provided us with the privilege to see up close how kids inspire even when they are faced with difficult situations. We have examined the world of the hospitalized child and created an artistic collection of hidden treasures and triumphs through poetry, prose and photographs, then colored it with clinical developmental tenets, many of which are universal to all children. Growing Up Backwards is our homage to what we have learned from children.

A percentage of the the proceeds from this book will be donated to Lurie Children’s.

For more information on the book, email growingupbackwards@gmail.com 


Kathleen Keenan is a writer and photographer whose lifelong love affair with Chicago…its people, places and purposes…is reflected in her art. She has photographed Chicago in a way that offers a new perspective to even the most seasoned Chicagophile. Her photo book, CitySkapes With A Twist, captures defining moments happened upon while walking the city’s streets and beaches, and was featured on WGN News.

 Keenan’s work has appeared in many venues, including the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Poetry Magazine and USA Today. See more of Keenan’s featured work.


Explore her site to learn more about Keenan, her writing, photography, videos and poetry. Visit her blog, City Girl With A Twist, to see her latest writing and photographs.