Most of us take for granted the ability to pull open a door, get up from our couch, or pick up a dropped pen. But for Amy Chally, a thirty-four-year-old licensed social worker, with spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy (CP), these simple tasks are a daily challenge.
Determined not to let her CP hinder her ability to live a more independent life, Amy has overcome obstacles with courage, faith, the love of her family, and the help of Yazzen, a service dog, bred and trained by Canine Companions for Independence.
Making Independence Happen, One Paw at a Time is a two-part memoir. Part one is Yazzen's adventurous tale of his journey from a tiny pup to Amy's invaluable partner in crime. Part two is Amy's story detailing how she got started on her journey to receiving a service dog and her quest to fulfill her heart's desire to help others as a social worker.
A heartwarming testament to the powerful bond that exists between Amy and her dog Yazzen-a service dog who is her lifeline to independence, this inspirational story is also a closer look at what it's like to live with physical differences-while dreaming, laughing, and loving just like everyone else.
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About the Author
Amy Chally is a thirty-four-year-old licensed social worker who has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. The condition, caused by trauma to the brain, usually at or shortly after birth, makes it difficult for her to move or control the muscles in her arms and legs. For her everyday mobility needs, Chally utilizes a power chair and the help of her service dog, Yazzen-a black Labrador and golden retriever mix bred by Canine Companions for Independence.