Welcome to my blog to promote my upcoming book, Dance of Victory. I also hope to entertain you with life’s happenings, feelings and stories that didn’t make this book, but are still molding who I am!
Dance of Victory tells of my growing up as a person with Cerebral Palsy. Not giving in to what doctors, professionals and, at times, my parents said I’d never do, I listened to my inner self. That voice said I was a beautiful child of the Universe that could accomplish anything I desired.
Describing my life in song is definitely “I Hope You Dance” by Leann Wormack.
I invite you to please ask questions, share your opinions and stories! Interact with me!
Born in 1948, I’ve lived with Cerebral Palsy (CP) since birth, using an electric wheelchair to get around. I currently live with my husband, Rod, in Central Minnesota.
Despite doctors predictions, I’ve just celebrated my 60th birthday and still going strong! Although Dance of Victory is my first book for the general public, I’ve written manuals for the Minnesota Department of Education in the early 90’s. These 5 manuals, developed for teachers, were dessigned to assist juniors and seniors in preparing for life after high school.
Over a year ago, my inner voice told me told me to go along with the urgings of many to write a book. Selfish of sacrificing my active life to spend the next 20 years writing my story, typing 8 words per minute, I hired a intuitive ghost writer to come to my rescue. After much sweat and tears between us both. Dance of Victory will soon be a reality
Bachelor of Arts, Southwest Minnesota State University — 1973
Teacher’s Assistant for St. Paul, MN Schools, 1973-81
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, 1981-1989
Writer of Teachers Independent Living Manuals for MN Dept. of Education, 1989-1992
Laker Lions Club
Telecommunication Accessibility for Communication Impaired People
Voices for Disability Rights (created to endorse MN Candidates)
Minnesota Governor’s Advisory Council on Technology for People with Disabilities
Sister Kenny Institute, Public Relation Department
Minnesota Women with Disabilities, Inc.
Transit Access Coalition
United Handicapped Federation (MN)
CareBus (para-transit provider)
Miss Wheelchair MN Achievement Award, 1979
Governor’s State Victory Award (First in MN), 1988