She was the one who gave birth to her, became her first friend, and encouraged her to try school that scary kindergarten year, which led her to a lifelong love of education. Yet, where author Dr. Sheila Williams learned most from her mother was during her mother's battle with clinical depression and later diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Her autobiography, entitled My Mother's Keeper, chronicles Sheila's sometimes dysfunctional but endearing friendship with her mother, which endured a parental role reversal when her mother's mental health issues forced Sheila to be responsible for herself at age 10. Sheila later details her memories of still seeing the embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman within her mom, as she later became her mother's primary caregiver. My Mother's Keeper is a moving tribute to the power of a mother-daughter bond that defied the odds, both externally and internally, and thrived in love until the end.