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Book Title: Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ Finding the Calm After the Storm
Author: Ilana Estelle
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 288 pages
Publisher: RedDoor Press
Release date: Feb 1, 2020
Content Rating: G.
Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana’s open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.
“Living with cerebral palsy is enormously difficult. But what if you never knew you had it? This is the incredible story of Ilana Estelle. Born the second of premature twins, an hour apart, from a young age Ilana knew she was different, but for all the wrong reasons. A child of the 60s, Ilana experienced first-hand the way that disability was, so often brushed under the carpet, not spoken about. Her constant physical and mental struggles made her feel isolated, alone, frustrated, and misunderstood… and it took 46 years for her to find out why. Part memoir, part motivational guide, Cerebral Palsy: a story ‘Finding the Calm After The Storm’ is Ilana’s open and honest journey from an angry, confused child, knowing something was wrong, not knowing what was wrong, what her disability was, or that there was a diagnosis, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.”
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Enter the Giveaway:
You refer to your website The CP Diary in your book, how many times do you write for that?
I add new content to my blog daily. What started out as a blog for me has turned into so much more, it helps others too.
Also, 11 years into a disability I didn’t know I had, I am still learning new things about myself, about my disability. It was only in January 2019, at the age of 56 that I found out I had autism too. It has changed the way I look at what I deal with mentally and emotionally and it is the reason why I continue to write as often as I do, wanting to learn more. I never stop learning, wanting to find out more about myself.
Do you have a writing schedule?
I have never tied myself into a writing schedule, but I do write daily for the blog. Writing can be quite addictive, so the more I write, the more I want to write.
Also, the more I write, the more I want to know about myself, the more that helps me get to know me, the more I want to write and learn more.
How original and unique is your book?
Finding out about my disability at the age of 46 even though I was originally diagnosed at 2, makes ‘my story’, what I have written original and unique. The way I have written the book, from a universal perspective, also makes my book original and unique. It doesn’t matter what I deal with or what someone else deals with, we can all relate to what I write.
Your book contains several quotes from famous people – which is your favourite and why?
The serenity prayer, by Reinhold Niebuhr below is my all-time favourite quote:
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
I love the words, because they’re simple, deep and powerful. I also love it because this quote holds true for me in my life, with my experiences and through my disability journey.
How did writing your book put any demons to rest?
Writing my blogs for @thecpdiary, was the start of the process of me coming to terms with my experiences and putting some of my past experiences to rest. Writing my book Cerebral Palsy: ‘A Story’ was the other part of the process. Up until that point, although I had a name for my disability, I didn’t understand how I presented or what that meant. I have had to work hard at piecing the symptoms of my disability, my experiences and my life together. I needed to understand how I presented, and for others to understand me. I believe being able to rationale and understand your life are an important part in the healing process and putting some of those demons to rest.