Katherine has written two books about parenting with Multiple Sclerosis. The first was Flutter on My Cheeks, Mummy, Me, an Multiple Sclerosis. It chronicles the difficulty parenting with MS during an exacerbation and how life can look different when a parent has a chronic illness.
An uplifting story about a father with Multiple Sclerosis and how his family makes adjustments and live a happy and fulfilled life.
'Dancing Together: Dads Get MS Too' tells the story of a life with Multiple Sclerosis. This book was inspired by
Corey Mitchell, founder of the CMMS Foundation. Follow Dad and his family as the children navigate a brand way
of life after their father is diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS.
Katherine DeSilva, Author & Illustrator
Having a chronic illness is a struggle for many parents. Flutter on My Cheeks is an attempt at telling a story that normalizes the issues that parents face.
The Wee Fae ‘Ouse, or the Fairy Cottage, was initially completed in 1871, by Robert Sanderson. Mr. Sanderson was a devout Methodist and shipbuilder. With the help of family, friends, and colleagues from her days in construction full time, Katherine will reinvent the cottage to make a retreat for the body and spirit where she plans to write and create art.
With the help of amazing premium digital illustrators on freepiks.com Katherine was able to create her own illustrations by mixing custom creations and existing elements. She focused on making sure that the simplicity of the images worked for the story line.
Katherine is excited to have collaborated with fellow MS Warrior, Corey Mitchell on a follow up to Flutter on My Cheeks. Their collaboration will feature an illustrated story book for young people with an afterword by Corey.
This uplifting story will opens the door for constructive discussion with children about the different ways chronic illness impacts families..
We hope it can be used as a way to begin difficult conversations about the changes that can come from a sudden, long term illness.