Here are 3 must-read cerebral palsy books written by people who have CP — and, one who thought she did for 30 years — until she discovered the correct diagnosis!
1. Misdiagnosed: My Thirty-Year Struggle with a Debilitating Disorder I Never Had by Jean Sharon Abbot
This book was beautifully written by my friend, Jean Sharon Abbott. It describes her “journey from wheels to heels,” which is a powerful, uplifting story of faith and perseverance. I was engrossed in her story, how her positive outlook remained in tact despite decades of doctor visits, medical procedures, and surgeries. You won’t want to put this book down! Watch Jean’s incredible journey on Today.com.
2. Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities by Kathy O’Connell
This life-changing book was written by my friend, Kathy O’ Connell — one of the 7 cerebral palsy advocates you should know! You’ll be dazzled by her bravery, willingness to work on herself in order to embrace cerebral palsy and live “fully with a disability.” Kathy is the founder of Radiant Abilities, a website “devoted to the personal development of people with disabilities through increased self-esteem, confidence, and empowerment.”
This New York Times Bestseller by Bonner Paddock is the story of a man struggling with the fact that he has cerebral palsy, learning to accept it — and the extraordinary emotional, physical journey that transpires. This is truly a page-turner filled with adventure, determination, and the dogged pursuit of seemingly insurmountable goals. Bonner is the founder of the OM Foundation, whose mission is “to raise awareness and support centers that provide services to empower children with disabilities and their families to live life beyond limits in their communities.”
So, what’s on your reading list? These 3 must-read cerebral palsy books are thought-provoking, inspiring, and motivating stories that will challenge what you think is possible for a person with cerebral palsy — and, yourself! Have you read any of them? Let me know in the comments below!