"A beautiful story of someone who has overcome a physical handicap and changed it into a force that is an inspiration." -- President Jimmy Carter
Born ten weeks premature and requiring oxygen to survive, Gail Hamilton's first six weeks of life began within an incubator. Six months later, doctors discovered that Gail had retrolental fibroplasia (RLF), an eye condition caused by the infusion of 100% pure oxygen. By age eleven, she was completely blind.
Soaring into Greatness follows Gail's story as her outer visual world merged with her inner vision, forcing her to listen with her inner voice, to follow her heart and tune into her intuition. Subjected to physical and emotional abuse, ostracized and oftentimes feeling alone, Gail's journey is one of the courage and perseverance it takes to find one's way through the darkness and soar.
"I believe my desire to fly must be bigger than my fear of falling. Vision is internal, not external, and is guided by my heart, not my eyes. In order to be free, to fly, I must want my dream, feel my dream, and believe that my dream will come true. Most importantly, I must live my dream. I am the creator of my destiny, the composer of my symphony, and I choose to live a life of greatness." - Gail Hamilton
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About the Author
Due to a premature birth, and given too much pure oxygen while incubated, Gail spent her childhood partially sighted. At age eleven, Gail became totally blind and soon after developed her "inner vision." Being unstoppable, Gail received a BA and a MM in vocal performance, and a MA in psychology and counseling. Gail has spent her life speaking, writing, performing, and teaching others how to overcome their obstacles, challenges, fears, and life's daily struggles, with the hope of empowering them to see their opportunities, choices, passion, creativity, and to live a life of greatness.
In 2013, Gail was the first blind woman to win both the Ms Colorado Senior America crown, and to place Fourth Runner Up in the National Ms Senior America pageant. In 2014, Gail spoke for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired Senior Awards Banquet, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the North Dakota Lion's State convention, in Jamestown, North Dakota. "Soaring Into Greatness: A Blind Woman's Vision to Live Her Dreams and Fly" is Gail's first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An amazing woman. From a rocky start as a newborn, to near blindness and an unsupportive family as a young child, to total blindness and being musically gifted as a young woman, she then becomes involved with a communal group which does help her to grow and learn to believe in herself. Following this change in her outlook, she keeps testing herself and others until even the sky does not prove to be a limit. Cindy Piller gave a wonderful performance in narrating this book.