When Rhea Woodruff was born, her doctors were concerned. After some testing, they concluded she would probably never walk or talk. As time progressed, Rhea proved them wrong, but the full scope of her developmental delays were clearly evident. Despite her disability, Rhea remained determined to overcome the obstacles in her life, and she has developed into a kind, caring, and capable individual. All she ever wanted was to find love and be treated like everyone else. After much heartache and many disappointments, her dreams of becoming a wife, mother, and author are now a reality. Rhea hopes readers will find inspiration in her candid chronicle of rebounding from adversity. Born Special proves that the toughest challenges in life can be overcome. By sharing the outcome of her personal struggles, Rhea has succeeded in delivering the message that you should never give up on your dreams.
|Publisher:||A Flair for Writing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.30(d)|
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OMG Where do I start with this very special book, first I thank the author, Rhea B. Woodruff for writing it, and making her journey through life so clear, and opened. Thank you Ms. Woodruff, for sharing such wonderful memoirs with us, your faithful readers, I found myself laughing and crying with you through this book, I couldn't sleep well, because I wanted to know how everything turned out! You're beautiful in my eyes, and never ever feel you aren't "normal," dear, because you are more normal than anyone I know. I want to advise readers that if you were ever disappointed with life, if you were born with any kind of learning or physical disability this is a book that you should read to get inspired. If you're a parent of "special" child read this book, it will give you all the information you need to help your child defeat any obstacles that may come their way, and to see the beauty of themselves inside. I cannot say enough about this book, even teachers of special needs students should read this book, in general everyone should read it, to get a clear understanding of what life holds for all of us you must first view it from a woman, who was once a "special" child, but who blossoms into the wonderful caring, giving person, daughter, wife and mother she is today. I hope you get a chance to read this book, and if you do, please leave a review, as well as LOUD shout out to Ms. Woodruff. You are a wonderful person, and never, ever forget it! You are the reason that those of us who were "Born Special," need to have on our side.
A memoir for the heart. The journey through life is never an easy one, but Rhea Woodruff proves that overcoming obstacles takes determination and a special heart. I was impressed with her positive attitude about people and life. Rhea spends her youth and young adulthood searching for love. There were so many people in her life that seemed to take advantage of her kindness. I has pleased that this memoir had such a happy ending. Rhea learns at an early age that getting attention from boys makes her feel good about herself. Self-confidence comes whenever she finds someone to love. But so many of these relationships were not healthy for her, bringing a lifestyle that did not have her best interests in mind. It is this struggle to find something real that keeps Rhea searching. I was proud of her for standing up for herself in an alcoholic marriage and for having the courage to start over again. It was wonderful to read about Rhea finally finding the one man who loved her by heart. Having a happy marriage and a family is her dream come true.
Born Special is an endearing coming-of- age memoir about a young girl just trying to find her way in life. I like her honest down home style of writing. It was easy to get absorbed into this young woman's life. It doesn't take long to see that this girl is special and I think that is what makes this story even more enthralling. I give the author credit for her openness and honesty. She talks to you like a long lost friend making it easy to get emotionally involved in the story. This account moved me and touched my heart. Written from the depth of the authors soul I understand the accomplishment she must feel. I know no matter who we are or what we come from we all want to feel normal. We want to fit in which is not always easy to do. I give this author credit for sharing her slice of life and being out there, so to speak. We all deserve a voice and to be understood. Quote ~ The future me is way more interesting than the real me- the me who remains firmly stuck in the past, knee deep in the tragedy of my parents' death. The plane crash that took them from me was their first exercise in excitement - and the last time I truely took my dreams seriously. The moment of risk taking ultimately ended their lives forever stalled mine, leaving me adrift in a going nowhere existence.