Cerebral Palsy: 'A Story' Finding the Calm After the Storm
by Ilana Estelle
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages ~~ Genre: memoir
Publisher: RedDoor Press ~ Release date: Feb 1, 2020
Content Rating: G. ~ Tour dates: May 17 to June 4, 2021
Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana's open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the 'real' her - a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.
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Can you share an extract from your book and tell us why you have chosen
this particular part of the story?
I have chosen the particular piece below because it sums up my blog, me and the book in its entirety:
“Without my experiences to draw upon for inspiration, I couldn’t have done and achieved what I have with my life, or with my blog. Trauma or anything else you want to call it is never OKAY: but I understand. I know that without my experiences, I would never have become an author, writer or blogger and whilst I cannot change my experiences, my blogs act as a reminder that there is always a message, a silver lining and a way through our experiences.”
Not knowing I had cerebral palsy until I was 46, meant I had a lot of catching up to do, to understand my struggles and my experiences, what I saw as my failings needed to be explored, understood and accepted. I needed to come to terms with my disability, with my life and with my experiences.
I know that I could never have achieved any level of acceptance or understanding of my experiences, of my disability and of my life, without writing the book and although I cannot change the past, I can at least find understanding on it, in a safe and contained place that allows me to explore my life in detail, so that I can get to know ‘me’.
Meet the Author:
"Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. A child of the 60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was, so often brushed under the carpet, not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… and it took 46 years for her to find out why. Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: a story 'Finding the Calm After The Storm' is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child, knowing something was wrong, not knowing what was wrong, what her disability was, or that there was a diagnosis, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.”
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