Thanks to feedback from Steven and Farrukh, I have taken another stab at my book blurb. I have tried to incorporate their suggestions, while still putting my own spin on it. Hopefully I'm a little closer than my first attempt. Your feedback is much appreciated.
Resulting from a lack of oxygen at birth, Glenda has cerebral palsy. This means she cannot walk, has limited hand function and her speech is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to understand. One medical professional suggested that her parents should institutionalize her and forget about her because she wouldn't amount to anything. Through determination, perseverance and sheer stubbornness, Glenda proved wrong that one expert and others who doubted her potential.
Raised without the word can't in her vocabulary, Glenda began her school years in a Special Ed class. She was then integrated into a regular classroom long before mainstream was a buzzword. Grade 8 found Glenda attending her neighbourhood high school, accompanied by a full-time aide who was shortly out of a job because of this I'll-do-it-myself girl. Along the way, she also earned her Canada Cord, the highest award in Girl Guides; won a gold medal in horseback riding; and was presented with the Outstanding Junior Student Award in Grade Ten.
Glenda is now married to a wonderful man Darrell who also has cerebral palsy, making life that much more interesting. Their ambitions are as normal as any couple's: pay off the mortgage, travel and save for retirement.
How did she do it? Read Glenda's inspiring autobiography I'll Do It Myself: A Collection of Memories from a Woman Living with Cerebral Palsy, due out later this year. Glenda intimately shares her life story to show others cerebral palsy is not a death sentence, but rather a life sentence.
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