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Thursday, October 20, 2016

2016 Challenge - Book #61 - Laughing At My Nightmare

Today I am reviewing

Laughing At My Nightmare

This is under the category: An award winning non-fiction book

This is a story about Shane Burcaw - the author - who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).  At the time of the book he is 21 years old and has been confined to a wheelchair since the age of 3.  He covers issues that are related to the every day teen/young adult, but also talks about what it is like to have a life threatening disease.  Shane loves sports, video games, and hanging with his friends.  He talks light heartedly about dealing with everyday issues from a wheelchair and how it affects him as his condition worsens.  He reminds us that it is not worth making mountains out of molehills - especially with situations that are not in our control.

I enjoyed this book.  It was definitely written by a young adult male - lots of bathroom humor and crude language.  But it didn't distract from the message of the book and the story he had to tell.  You don't often seen people who are in their 20s and still alive with SMA.  It was interesting to hear about the disease from his perspective.

The book was written a few years ago, and I did look up his blog, and he is still doing well.  Still living a full life with his limited time remaining.  Good message for us all.

Star:S 4 1/2

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