Indie Reader Discovery Awards Winner for Parenting
National Indie Excellence Award Finalist
Hollywood Book Festival 2016 Honorable mention in general non-fiction
Bookvana 2016 Finalist in Parenting/Family
Bronze Medal Winner Inspirational Memoir-Female
Living Now Book Awards-Books for Better Living
When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered “normal,” she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey’s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart—and in the process, she learns that being “normal” is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance. Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society.
In this deeply felt memoir, Chergey shares her very personal story of living with her son's autism. With direct prose, Chergey's story pulls at readers' heart strings as she pushes through the challenges of her son's diagnosis, his difficulties with speech and sleep, the search for adequate medical care and a supportive school environment, and the stigma attached to the disorder. The sincerity of Chergey's story gives readers with no personal experience of autism an eye-opening account; for those living within the world of autism, Chergey offers hope. "Sometimes acceptance has to punch you in the gut to make its point," she admits. Drawing on medical, school, and church communities and immediate family, Chergey and her husband use every ounce of energy to create a network of people who "get it" and can help him be comfortably autistic and happy. Even if autism has not touched a reader personally, the intimacy and optimism with which Chergey writes will resonate with many readers. (BookLife)
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Make a Wish for Me
A heartwarming story about a family's journey to do everything they can for their son after he is diagnosed with autism.