A true story of tragedy that slowly finds its way to triumph, and leaves you wondering what’s in store for this young man with each turn of the page. Told from his mother’s cloudy but clear perspective, this chronicle is transcribed from the daily journal that she scribbled into for the duration of her son’s ICU stay. Her youngest child’s societal status changes from an aspiring college student to a gunshot victim with a traumatic brain injury in a matter of seconds. Initially a stranger who is dying to live, Cincinnati Doe will soon captivate the hearts of everyone around him and show us all that there is hope in healing.
Cincinnati Doe takes us through the dramas that played out behind the scenes after a tragic incident of gun violence, from waiting room dramas, medical care dramas to baby daddy and mamma dramas —all in complete transparency. More importantly, the book tells a story of the fight of the human spirit…chronicling a survivors battle to survive, his fight to live, and continuing fight to thrive.
The author dilutes the story with the right amount of humor, making it easy to consume the most difficult parts of the story.
And on a personal note, knowing the author as I do, I was able to play out many of the scenes in the book in my imagination as if I was actually there. A must read! ~David L. Weeks, June 3, 2021
Donna Haynes is the founder of DMV Mothers Like Me, a local support group that connects suburban mothers of DC, Maryland and Virginia whose lives have been directly impacted by gun violence. She is the typical mother of two; an offspring of southern-grown parents, but born and raised as a product of an urban DMV community. She was educated through the Prince George’s County public-school system, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance at the oldest Historically Black University in the state of Maryland. The author groomed herself in the dual roles of a career-driven professional and a dedicated homemaker. But while climbing the everchanging ladders of corporate America and Motherhood, she became a divorcee and managed to also juggle the aftermath of a not-so-perfect marriage. And just as she began to settle into a new life, she suddenly found herself thrown in the unexpected role of a caregiver to one of her young adult sons.