Get Up, Your Bus Is Here: Living MY Life With Cerebral Palsy

Get Up, Your Bus Is Here: Living MY Life With Cerebral Palsy

by Stephen Dantzig
     
 

GET UP, YOUR BUS IS HERE, an awesome book written by Dr. Stephen A. Dantzig, has changed me to the very core of my soul...--Bruno Tittaferrante

“One day I was walking to the bus and caught an icy patch and wound up face down in the snow. My mother stood true to Dr. Shelsky’s word and with tears in her eyes told me to “Get up. Your bus is… See more details below

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GET UP, YOUR BUS IS HERE, an awesome book written by Dr. Stephen A. Dantzig, has changed me to the very core of my soul...--Bruno Tittaferrante

“One day I was walking to the bus and caught an icy patch and wound up face down in the snow. My mother stood true to Dr. Shelsky’s word and with tears in her eyes told me to “Get up. Your bus is here.” She would have obviously helped me if I was hurt, but the early message to me was also clear; I was going to learn to fend for myself...”

Dr. Stephen Dantzig's tenth book is by far his most personal to date. “Get Up, Your Bus Is Here” Living MY Life With Cerebral Palsy: Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs chronicles his life growing up with Cerebral Palsy and details his successes as well as his struggles. He candidly talks about additional challenges brought on by Kienbock's Disease and the two wrist fusion surgeries that followed. Battles with obsessive-compulsive tendencies are also brought to the forefront. Dantzig talks about his parents and their influence on his independence, modifications needed in his early days in elementary school and follows his educational career through earning his doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University. He details his development and life lessons learned as a school psychologist working with severely disabled children, professional photographer, and author. He talks about living with a ghost in New York, life in Los Angeles, and his big move to Hawaii. Dantzig relates his experiences on skis, the softball field, a surfboard, and under water with SCUBA gear. His stories are often poignant with subtle humor. His struggles are discussed in a matter-of-fact way that denounces self-pity while his triumphs are talked about with humility. Dantzig provides resources and references for anyone looking for more information on the many topics discussed. Part of the proceeds from this book will go to local United Cerebral Palsy Association chapters.
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What an absolutely positive, upbeat and charming book. Stephen weaves together his stories of life with such honesty and humor. His ability to tell his adventures, first, as who he is as an individual, and secondly, talk about his “cp” as it was just a “born with trait,” like having blond or red hair … very refreshing.

The book title, “Get Up, Your Bus Is Here,” sums up nicely how Stephen’s family saw him … no different than any of the other kids in the neighborhood. Should you stumble; you pick your self up, dust your self off and get your self on that bus. A very basic lesson of life but one that I truly believe helped shape and mold whom Stephen is today.

I found it extremely interesting to see how Dr. Dantzig’s two passions in life (photography and working with children with disabilities), though quite different in nature, have been the true beacons of light that have kept Stephen focused and on his life’s journey.

As a national organization, UCP has dedicated its self to providing, “life without limits to people with disabilities”. Reading Stephen’s reflections on his growing up-years, he and his family lived that concept long before UCPA coined those words.

In adulthood Dr. Dantzig continues to see the world as a life without limits. He has a PsyD, is an accomplished school psychologist, an expert in photography and written 8 books on the topic. He volunteers in his community and is a dedicated Board of Director for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawai’i.

Stephen owns a car and has a drivers license, however it is not an unfamiliar site to see him with camera and tripod in hand (or should I say in basket) as he rides his three-wheeler bike around Waikiki. As he has shared with me, the bike makes where he is going easy to reach and so much more accessible (not to mention the fee to park is free).

The book is a great read for all, and certainly gives explanation to why Stephen is the fun loving and “glass half full” type of guy he is today.

Donna D. Fouts
Executive Director of UCPA of Hawai’i

2012

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Amazon.com - Bruno Tittaferrante
GET UP, YOUR BUS IS HERE, an awesome book written by Dr. Stephen A. Dantzig, has changed me to the very core of my soul. Until now I have suffered from the effects of Cerebral Palsey. I have fallen face first in the ice and snow as that proverbial bus drives right past my helpless body time and time again. Today, right here and right now, I will get up, ride that bus, and LIVE the life that I have every right to enjoy. A life lived is not about the final destination, but rather about the journey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013682290
Publisher:
Stephen Dantzig Educational Consulting Service
Publication date:
01/15/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
7 MB

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