Everybody is Special

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Mercer University Press, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
By an accident of birth, Gary Mann was born into what Ferrol Sams in his foreword calls "a most horrible garden of the witches." It is called cerebral palsy. But also by an accident of birth, Gary was born into a family that refused to be defeated even by such a "horrible garden of witches." In time Gary claimed for himself that refusal to be defeated by an accident of birth. It has been and still is a struggle - life that refuses to be defeated by the accidents that happen and refuses to give in to those accidents usually is a struggle. But out of that struggle has emerged a very special person, special not because of an accident of birth, but because of who he is by the grace of God, by the love of family and friends, and by his own special faith, hope, and dogged determination.
Everybody is special. Gary Mann is living, vital, and by no means accidental proof of that.
 

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Contents

The Brain Pacemaker
91
Chapter 24 The Affair
95
Meeting Billy in Carter Country
99
The Day I Became an Uncle
100
Stay on Your Side
102
Jennie
104
Putting It All Together
106
First Year in College
109

Kevin and Nancy Murphy
48
Reece and Onie Turrentine
50
The One and Only William Stuart Evans III
52
Reverend David G Mann
56
Frank and Margie Olive
60
Early Attempts to Get a Better Education
62
Finally Getting Mainstreamed
64
Adjusting to Regular Education
70
PneumoniaNot a Simple Sickness
73
Big Apple Tall Ships
75
A Wonderful Youth Choir Tour
78
The Big Orange
82
Garo and the Peanut
85
Booted Out of the Boy Scouts
88
Professor Gary Mann
114
Big Brother Little Brother
117
My Special Friend
120
My Adventure in New England
124
Living in the Dormitory
128
My Sea Voyage
132
My Periods of Depression
135
Last Year in College
140
Five Days of Partying
146
Fun the Mexican Way
150
Life after Mercer
154
Summing Up
165
Copyright

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