You're Too Cute to Be Disabled: Living with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy

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iUniverse, Feb 18, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 124 pages

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.

At just eleven years old, author Shelley Tudin was diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, a debilitating disease for which there is no cure. As the disease progressed, Shelley struggled and found some things out of her reachsuch as her love of figure skating and her desire to become a nurse. Even so, she never let the disease prevent her from living life to the fullest.

In this memoir, she narrates an inspirational story of how she battled the disease and its weakening symptoms to achieve her dreams. Youre Too Cute to Be Disabled recalls her journeygrowing up in Brantford, Ontario, Canada; graduating from high school in 1983; attending college at the University of Guelph; dealing with romantic relationships; coping with the loss of loved ones; and managing an illness.

Youre Too Cute to Be Disabled shows that through Shelleys varied experiences, she gained the confidence, the wisdom, and the power of positive thinking to turn dreams into realities. It shares her transition from a young, frightened girl to a self-confident, happy, independent, and incredibly tenacious woman through a lot of love, laughter, and tears.

 

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Contents

Early Childhood
1
The Diagnosis
5
Those Awkward Teenage Years
10
Off to University
14
A New Life
21
A Trip to the Dominican Republic
31
A Family Tragedy
33
The Accident
38
Back to the Hospital
64
Scared to DeathFinding Employment from a Wheelchair
69
Our Beachfront Wedding
73
FallA Time for Change
78
Our Honeymoon in St Lucia
81
Starting Over
89
Goodbye My Dear Friend
94
Thoughts from the Author
102

Conflict and DepressionA Hostile Separation
41
Standing Alone Standing Strong
47
A New Love
52
Back to SchoolA Career Change
62
Glossary
105
Endnotes
107
Back Cover
110
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About the author (2012)

Shelley Tudin earned a BA from the University of Guelph. She has been a professional watercolour artist for twenty-five years and in 2009 graduated with a diploma in medical administration. Tudin lives in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, with her husband, Jeff, and her two dogs and a cat.

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