Blind "driver" and cancer survivor ease on down the road even though life has given them a trail of potholes, double yellow lines and sheer drops
Bonnie Tesh, a cancer survivor, and Ronda Del Boccio, legally blind, are a couple of award-winning authors who discovered they have something unique, something that helps them keep a positive attitude no matter what happens to them. I’ll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life With Blinders On, contains stories about their struggles (they call them speed bumps) and how they manage to deal with them by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude.
“People get into a rut and let their minds get stuck on worry and doubt,” Del Boccio said. The authors teach a simple technique in the book and at live events on how to get out of your rut and into your new groove.
“We share a lot of ourselves and our personal stories in the book and presentations. I both laugh and cry when I read the book, and I wrote half of it,” Tesh explained.
The authors are available for speaking engagements. They are spontaneous; every event is different. They can be outrageously funny one minute, tearful the next, but always trying to help their audience move toward a brighter place.
What do a spunky blind woman and a sassy cancer survivor know about life that you need to know?
On the pages of I'll Push, You Steer, you'll discover…
* How to Develop a Can-Do Attitude
* How to Find the Humor in Any Situation
* How to Deal with "Muchness" –
When Life Is Just Too Much
* How to Live through a Tragedy
* What a chronic Health Condition or
Disability Can Teach You
* How the New Groove Technique Can
Transform Your Attitude & Empower You to Change Your Life for the Better
“Isn’t That Wonderful?”
by Ronda Del Boccio
Wanda is the mother of someone I went to elementary school with. She is, without a doubt, one of the most self-sufficient blind people I know. She has retired, but for years she worked in downtown Chicago and, of course, took the bus.
One day, Wanda climbed onto the bus and found her seat, as usual. She sat in front of a pair of ladies who had been talking. After a brief lull, one said to the other, “Isn’t it wonderful that blind people can ride the bus?”
“Oh yes. Just wonderful.”
"She looks as if she’s going to work. How wonderful!”
“Yes, it is wonderful,” the second agreed with syrup in her voice.
It did not stop there. The two went back and forth, on and on, for some time. They never once spoke to Wanda.
After awhile, she felt she would need to have her blood sugar tested if this litany of wonderfulness went on much longer. Finally, the first one said about Wanda, “Her clothes are so neatly pressed. I wonder how they do that.”
Unable to stop herself, Wanda turned and said, “They make a special iron so a blind person can put clothes on the ironing board and make sure they’re pressed.”
In unison, the two ladies sang out, “Oh, isn’t that wonderful!”