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Changed By Chance Champion By Choice

Author : Elizabeth R. Barker
ISBN : 1631528106
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Elizabeth Barker has spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream—a dream that is supposed to culminate in parenthood. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome, as well as a heart condition that requires more than one surgery, her perfect plans are turned upside down.Barker's rerouted journey is an obstacle course life-altering encounters, medical mishaps, and a seemingly unending number of hardships. In the three years following her daughter's birth, she is taught lessons that no schooling or formal education could ever teach: how to care and advocate for a sick child; how to navigate the unfamiliar world of special needs care and education; how to battle health care providers and medical insurance carriers for proper coverage; and how to keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well along the way. And that, to her great dismay, is only the beginning.Poignant and inspiring,Champion By Choice is a mother's story of how she acquired the skills to survive and thrive by trusting her intuition and learning to accept the mystical interventions that helped her along the way—and how, through these experiences, she became her own life champion.

Changes By Chance Champion By Choice

Author : Elizabeth Barker
ISBN : 9781631528118
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Elizabeth Barker has spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream—a dream that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and an accompanying fatal heart condition that requires immediate and future surgery, her perfect plans are turned upside down. Barker’s new reality is a detoured journey that feels more like an obstacle course of life-threatening encounters, medical mishaps, and a seemingly unending number of hardships. From the moment of her daughter’s birth, she is taught unrelenting life lessons that no schooling or formal education could ever teach: how to live and love unconditionally; how to battle health care providers and medical insurance carriers for proper care and coverage; how to advocate for a sick loved one; how to navigate the unfamiliar world of special needs care and education; and how to keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well along the way. And that, to her great dismay, is only the beginning. Poignant and inspiring, Changed by Chance, Champion By Choice is a courageous story of soul-searching introspection about acquiring the necessary life skills to survive and thrive. Barker credits her success to trusting her intuition and learning to accept the mystical interventions that helped her along the way—and how, through these experiences, she became her own life champion.

Expecting Sunshine

Author : Alexis Marie Chute
ISBN : 9781631521751
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Color Me Butterfly

Author : L. Y. Marlow
ISBN : 9780307716613
Genre : Fiction
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Spanning over 60 years, this poignant novel tells the story of four generations of mothers and daughters who embrace a legacy of unconditional love, old-fashioned family values, and faith in order to triumph over a life plagued with unspeakable abuse and pain.

Triumph Over M S

Author : Bill Martin Vivatson
ISBN : 9781619965096
Genre : Religion
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This thesis offers the dignity of hope to M.S. survivors who cherish their independence. But, this is only possible when one understands that only 15% of all M.S. survivors suffer the severe handicaps from constant reoccurring infections. These brave survivors deserve our sympathy and support. Mercifully, the other 85%, of us live with cyclical forms of this disease, meaning, much of our lives can be normal. It was 63 years ago, at age 23, when this author was diagnosed with acute M.S.. He became functionally blind with his right limbs compromised. After diagnosis he defiantly ignored all medical counsel as to medication, therapy and lifestyle. In doing so, he lived a full and prosperous life with freedom, adventure, accomplishment and good health. This thesis catalogues his remarkable story. It is here that you will learn his decisions were no accident!

On Fire

Author : John O'Leary
ISBN : 9781501117749
Genre : Self-Help
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In the bestselling tradition of Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and Nick Vujicic’s Life Without Limits comes a rousing 7-step plan for living a life on fire, filled with hope and possibility—from an inspirational speaker who survived a near-fatal fire at the age of nine and now runs a successful business inspiring people all around the world. When John O’Leary was nine years old, he was almost killed in a devastating house fire. With burns on one hundred percent of his body, O’Leary mustered an almost unimaginable amount of inner strength just to survive the ordeal. The insights he gained through this experience and the heroes who stepped into his life to help him through the journey—his family, the medical staff, and total strangers—changed his life. Now he is committed to living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same. An incredible and emotionally honest account of triumph over tragedy, On Fire contains O’Leary’s reflections on being that little boy, the life-giving choices made then, and the resulting lessons he learned. O’Leary very clearly shares that without the right people providing the right guidance, at the right time, he never would have made it through those five months in the hospital, let alone the years that followed as he struggled to regain mobility, embrace his story, and ignite clarity of his life’s purpose. On Fire encourages us to seize the power to choose our path and transform our lives from mundane to extraordinary. Once we stop thinking solely on the big moments in our lives, we can begin to focus on those smaller opportunities that tend to pass us by. These are the events—the inflection points in our lives—that can determine how we feel about life now, where we are headed in the future, and how many lives we can impact along the way. We can’t always choose the path we walk, but we can choose how we walk it. Empowering, inspiring, remarkably honest, and heartfelt, O’Leary’s strength and incredible spirit shine through on every page.

Shouting In The Dark

Author : John Bramblitt
ISBN : 9780762787395
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Bramblitt makes his living as a visual artist. His works have been sold in over twenty different countries, and he’s received three Presidential Service awards for the art workshops he teaches. He’s painted portraits of skateboarder Tony Hawk and blues legend Pops Carter. He’s given talks about his art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there has even been a documentary made about him. And . . . he’s blind. When Bramblitt was declared legally blind ten years ago due to complications with epilepsy, his hopes of becoming a creative writing teacher were shattered and he sunk into a deep depression. He felt disconnected from family and friends, alienated and alone. But then something amazing happened--he discovered painting. He learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers. He taught himself how to paint using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas, and through something called haptic visualization, which enables him to "see" his subjects through touch. He now paints amazingly lifelike portraits of people he's never seen--including his wife and son. Shouting in the Dark is the story of Bramblitt's life, his journey navigating through this new territory of blindness, and how he ultimately rekindles his joy, passion, and relationships through art.

Triumph Through Tragedy

Author : David R. Wilkerson
ISBN : 0971218706
Genre : Christian life
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The Short And Tragic Life Of Robert Peace

Author : Jeff Hobbs
ISBN : 9781476731926
Genre : Social Science
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An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review). When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year. But Robert was a brilliant student, and it was supposed to get easier when he was accepted to Yale, where he studied molecular biochemistry and biophysics. But it didn’t get easier. Robert carried with him the difficult dual nature of his existence, trying to fit in at Yale, and at home on breaks. A compelling and honest portrait of Robert’s relationships—with his struggling mother, with his incarcerated father, with his teachers and friends—The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace encompasses the most enduring conflicts in America: race, class, drugs, community, imprisonment, education, family, friendship, and love. It’s about the collision of two fiercely insular worlds—the ivy-covered campus of Yale University and the slums of Newark, New Jersey, and the difficulty of going from one to the other and then back again. It’s about trying to live a decent life in America. But most all this “fresh, compelling” (The Washington Post) story is about the tragic life of one singular brilliant young man. His end, a violent one, is heartbreaking and powerful and “a haunting American tragedy for our times” (Entertainment Weekly).

Counting By 7s

Author : Holly Goldberg Sloan
ISBN : 9781101591352
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read. “Holly Goldberg Sloan writes about belonging in a way I’ve never quite seen in any other book. This is a gorgeous, funny, and heartwarming novel that I’ll never forget.”—John Corey Whaley, author of Where Things Come Back "Willow Chance subtly drew me into her head and her life, so much so that I was holding my breath for her by the end. Holly Goldberg Sloan has created distinct characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book."—Sharon Creech, Newbery Award-winning author of Walk Two Moons "In achingly beautiful prose, Holly Goldberg Sloan has written a delightful tale of transformation that’s a celebration of life in all its wondrous, hilarious and confounding glory. Counting by 7s is a triumph."—Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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