As I Am, A True Story Of Adaptation To Physical Disability

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In a single moment in time, four year old Garret Frey was transformed from an active and energetic four-year-old to a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent boy who struggled to make sense of a world in disarray. For seven years, Garret worked with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Karen Pirnot as Garret learned that his mental powers could help compensate for the loss of body function.
As I Am details the struggles of Garret's mother to advocate for a "normal," childhood education for her...
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Overview

In a single moment in time, four year old Garret Frey was transformed from an active and energetic four-year-old to a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent boy who struggled to make sense of a world in disarray. For seven years, Garret worked with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Karen Pirnot as Garret learned that his mental powers could help compensate for the loss of body function.
As I Am details the struggles of Garret's mother to advocate for a "normal," childhood education for her son in the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In order to be afforded a stimulating learning environment in the least restrictive environment, Garret's legal case went through a lengthy court process, ending in his appearance before the Justices of the United States Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ruling in Garret's favor set precedence for access to public education for thousands of handicapped children throughout the nation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982254066
  • Publisher: The Peppertree Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,276,605
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    One of a kind

    Garret Frey is an inspiration to all who moan and groan about the nuisances of life. He became quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent at the age of four and most of us would have just plain given up if it had happened to us. Because the book is real and it is true, Garret is open in telling the reader that he had doubts about the value of his own life. And then, entered a psychologist who knew how to inspire and motivate and get Garret reinvested in the life he had to live.

    He had a courageous mother and courageous nurses who kept him going while he went about the business of living a live totally in his mind. This is a book of courage and a book about what we can do with what we have available to us. Garret's fight all the way to the Supreme Court is a message that when the going gets even tougher, we fight tooth and nail for what we want. What an inspiration to all handicapped and non-handicapped individuals! This is NOT a sad book; it is inspirational and should be read by every person who thinks his or her life must be lived the way it is dreamed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    As I Am, is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, and New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    AWE INSPIRING

    As any young person growing into adulthood, life is full of trials and tribulations for both child and parent. Garret Freys story will definitely make everyone look at lifes challenges for themselves in a different and more positive light. Garret and his mother Char are very inspirational people and I commend them on their enduring strength through out the book and life. I wish there were more Dr. Karen Pirnots. The simple things she taught Garret is a big part of what made him the man he is today.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

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    an incredible read.

    Garret was only five years old when his way of life was completely altered. A freak accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. While he lost all use of his limbs and could not breathe on his own, his mind was unaffected. Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot, Pediatric Clinical Psychologist was asked to treat Garret's depression. They quickly became close friends. Pirnot taught Garret relaxation methods that assisted him in staying calm.

    In As I Am, Garret shares his story. He begins with the accident, takes us through his years in school and into his life as a young adult. Garret is a personable young man. He has tenacity. Garret Lee Frey is an inspiration to all people. I admire his attitude.

    As I Am is an incredible read. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. He writes in an easy to read, conversational style. Garret doesn't waste his time complaining. As I Am, A True Story of Adaptation to Physical Disability by Garret Lee Frey and Dr. Karen Huchins Pirnot is a must read book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2009

    Moving and motivating

    I laughed, I cried, I smiled, I was in awe. Garret's book is full of life lessons everyone can relate to. His stories and memories really helped me emphasize with what he was going through, and truly motivated me to be a better person. After reading Garret's thought processes and how he overcame certain obstacles, I feel really connected to him. Without this book I may not have seen the similarities I have with him. The book is an inspiration to all, I would highly recommend to anyone going through something like Garret to read this book.
    Thank you Garret.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2009

    An amazing book about an amazing man

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the different memories and the way you could picture what Garret was describing in the book. I liked learning about some psychology information. My favorite thing about the book though, is how you would think this would be something that would leave someone sad, and there were sometimes it would bring tears to your eyes, but then in a split second, you were laughing at something he wrote. Its inspirational, and it makes you think 'if he was/is able to deal with these kinds of hardships, what am i complaining about?' It is an amazing book that i would encourage anyone to read.

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  • Posted January 20, 2009

    Inspirational!

    Garret Frey is a unique young man that I have had the privilege of knowing. His positive outlook on life and his special ability to always stay upbeat makes him a true role model and advocate for disabled children and adults. His book is inspiring and touches on some of the extreme difficulties she has had to face over the years. He has helped countless number of disabled people by his and his mothers perseverance to never give up. This book is a must read for anyone that faces extreme difficulties that they must overcome. I am sure you will be touched by his story, as much as I was! Evie Lantz (Garret's LPN for 20+ years.)

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