Finding My Sunshine (A Memoir)
By Shannon Leith McGuire.
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 198 pages
Genre: Memoir ~ Tour dates: June 14 to July 2, 2021
Publisher: Sunshine Street Press; Release date: March 2021
Content Rating: PG+M for bad language, anger, and suicidal thoughts, clinical depression, and assault
"What if that someone was you?" Shannon had been so quick to blame others for her anger. She knew she was drowning in darkness and pain; being born with a learning disability made her feel defeated by life. She tried drinking heavily in order to quiet the demons. After being kicked out of college, Shannon took a leap of faith and started working in a nursing home. That's when her angels appeared and the miracle began. The insight and wisdom she gained from those elderly new friends led her on an inspiring journey of discovery and self-acceptance. Each of us has our own path. Some of us just need angels to help us find it. This is her story.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
Written like a novel, this true story, the authors memoir, is truly touching. Many will relate to some of her struggles. Others may find it difficult to comprehend. Either way, it is truly an inspiring tale on how one women, with major learning disabilities, struggled though live dealing with the ramifications due to this problem and eventually beating the odds of overcoming them.
Shannon's disability wasn't one of the common ones. It is one which is often overlooked and difficult for others to deal with. This lack of understanding cause general society to withdraw from and be critical of such individuals.
This especially "hit home" with me because I have a son with multiple disabilities and this is one of them. It helped me be aware more of what thought process he must have gone through and still is experiencing. He is likeable,funny and seems very normal but alienates himself from others through his other actions. He doesn't seem to understand why.
Shannon's journey is amazing. I wish I could have been more like her mother in dealing with the negative remarks and attitudes of my son's teachers. He ended up dropping out of school in the ninth grade.
Also, this account emphasizes not all counselors are a good fit for different situations. Like any other professional, a good counselor needs to be sought out. With the aid of a good counselor, anyone can turn his/her life around if he/she truly wants to.
The Cover Image ad Title were clever and a good Fit.
This was a very enjoyable, enlightening and inspiring book.
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Meet the Author:
Shannon was raised in a small town in Eastern Montana, where you leave your car keys in the ignition and your front door unlocked all the time. The kind of place where sunsets and sunrises can be seen for miles on the horizon. Where the spring crickets and frogs resting in the irrigation ditches helped transition the days into a calm resting night. Where the winters can get so cold, air can freeze. It was only after she was academically suspended by the college she was attending, that she became a Certified Nurses Aide (CNA). She did her training in Billings, Montana and it was there she learned how to take care of others and bonded with the geriatric population. For over five years, Shannon worked in the same nursing home where she received her training. The work was hard, but it grounded her and helped her find balance in what had become a deeply unbalanced life. It was not until she was a CNA, at one of the hospitals that she had a dream-three nights in a row-that she was going to become a nurse. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where you may hear her laughing with her husband of over 10 years, scuba diving in the ocean, taking walks with their rescued pit-bull dog- Darby, or dancing together to life's music.
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