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Publisher:  Dance with Your Heart! Publishing ISBN-10:  0615150446 Type: 
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700

Copyright:  2008 ISBN-13:  9780615150444
Non-Fiction

Replete with over 120 photos and childhood drawings, this autobiography will empower, inspire, and motivate you as it unveils the gripping true life story of child prodigy Shirley Cheng—a blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis but more so of falsehoods in American medical system.

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A Star’s Endless Shine Leaves No Darkness Untouched

Suffering from a disability of unhappiness? Want to live positively and passionately and live a life with happiness rather than accepting mediocrity?

Replete with over 120 photos and childhood drawings, this autobiography will empower, inspire, and motivate you as it unveils the gripping true life story of child prodigy Shirley Cheng—a blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis but more so of falsehoods in American medical system.

From mother Juliet Cheng's victory over injustice in her 1990 internationally reported custody case with a doctor over treatment disputes, to the elation of Shirley's various academic and personal achievements, this autobiography will empower readers with life's true values and meanings.

"Shirley is more than a survivor, Shirley is a force of empowerment. You'll learn how this juvenile with little formal education could score an exceptional 3280 on her GED test while doing all the math, calculations, chemistry, graphs and essays in her head without the use of Braille!" wrote Cynthia Brian in the foreword.

"...a work of art. Shirley Cheng's writing is absolutely flawless and her ability to bring her reader into the heart of not only herself but also her mother through her words is truly amazing and magical…" -WomensSelfEsteem.com

“How can we not be in awe of her? She suffered through the pain and disability of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and subsequent blindness. She suffered through a senseless custody fight at the hands of meddling social services personnel. She suffered through inconsistent medical care. She remained fearless and positive through it all, going on to maintain a 3.9 grade point average in high school; unable to complete all of her high school courses, she subsequently passed her GED test with an exceptionally high score. Shirley and her tirelessly compassionate mother Juliet Cheng have been miracle workers, and one cannot help but think that has been their calling.” -Malcolm R. Campbell, Campbell Editorial Services

“A disturbing, and enlightening read. Authentic, honest, and profound. Will change reader's outlook." -Christina Francine, Midwest Book Review

Dr. Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled award-winning author with 27 book awards, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honor) graduate with Doctor of Divinity, motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author and contributor to 32 books, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since infancy. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no education until age 11. However, she mastered grade level in all areas after about 180 days of special education in elementary school and entered regular sixth grade in middle school. After a successful eye surgery, Shirley hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.




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Review by Malcolm R. Campbell, Campbell
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Shirley Cheng has an inspiring story to tell in The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine. How can we not be in awe of her? She suffered through the pain and disability of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and subsequent blindness. She suffered through a senseless custody fight at the hands of meddling social services personnel. She suffered through inconsistent medical care. She remained fearless and positive through it all, going on to maintain a 3.9 grade point average in high school; unable to complete all of her high school courses, she subsequently passed her GED test with an exceptionally high score. Shirley and her tirelessly compassionate mother Juliet Cheng have been miracle workers, and one cannot help but think that has been their calling.


When the Crooked Is Made Plain!
This is a complex story written in an easy to read, conversational fashion that is disarming, yet sometimes astounding in its micro-details (ie., telephone conversations you get word-for-word); Shirley Cheng seems to have the memory of a titan. Nevertheless, at times you feel some information is missing--must be missing, because why else the poor treatment by one person after another, one agency after another, one doctor after another, one medical aide after another? But then it hits you--these people, these agencies, these medical "professionals" are really, in many cases, THAT awful! The truth is that American medicine, American government schools and American government agencies all too often think they are GOD. But they're not.

In fact, this book poignantly shows how the enormity of the misuse of power, such as trying to take an ill and hurting child away from its primary source of love and security--its mother--in the name of doing what's "best" for that child, is downright horrifying. And rightly so. The medical establishment is one of the biggest offenders in Shirley's life, and we can probably all relate. (No one is saying, incidentally, that there aren't good people to be found in these arenas of public service, and thankfully, Shirley and her mom find some good people, too.)

If nothing else, Shirley's story is triumphant in that her mother rejects what she knows to be wrong for her child, fights the nightmarish resistance of said "establishment" and wins in the end. But the book is also more than that; it is the tale of a sensitive, intelligent, and observant girl who happens to be painfully disabled; she suffers enormously but has the extraordinary gift of a mother who is sold out for her well-being, hook, line and sinker.

Did the mother make mistakes? Of course. She trusted the wrong people, particularly a relative who was no less than criminal, it seems to me, in her actions. But Juliet Cheng's gift of love to her daughter is something that many able-bodied people never get. She is the epitome of the selfless mother/caretaker extraordinaire, shining the light on the lives of quiet, exhausting devotion that mothers like her live daily.

Overall, the author does an amazing job of keeping the reader's interest; I think the book could be shorter, but I honestly cannot say it was ever boring. When you finish the book you will feel an affinity to this Shirley Cheng and her mother, Juliet. You will admire them both, and hopefully, thank the Lord that your "trials and tribulations" have not been as devastating. If you are interested in a story of hardship and happiness, of personal triumph against horrendous disadvantages, of the experience of being female, Chinese, disabled and blind and yet achieving your dreams in an adopted country--then read this book. The level of success that Shirley achieves is remarkable and inspiring--no less than her achievement in writing this book. Her work and courage alone get five stars in my book.

Shirley Cheng is a talented and bright-hearted young woman who is by no means finished achieving. I look forward to her next accomplishments!


Linore R. Burkard
www.LinoreRoseBurkard.com


Review by Christina Francine for Reviewers Bookwatch on Midwest Book Review

Why is it possible in America, the land of the free, that a parent cannot disagree with a doctor's recommendation for treatment? If they do, their child could be taken from them. Social Services can be called in. How could it also be possible for a hospital to take parents to court for intercepting unwanted treatment? Well, in this great nation supposedly run by the people for the people, parental rights aren't what they used to be. We all know people who neglect or abuse their children and intervention is necessary for them. This is not the same. Shirley Cheng's autobiography is about this injustice, about how she, a blind and physically disabled young woman with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and her mother were treated.

This extraordinary young lady begins her eye-opening autobiography with her birth, taking readers through her life to the age of twenty. Her current age is twenty-two. She reveals the truth of her experiences and the pain involved. Shirley is happy and relieved. No one can tear her away from the only person who truly cared for her any more, and suffered insurmountable injustice in order to keep and protect her - her mother. Finally too, doctors cannot give her treatment she does not want. Shirley tells her tale of heroism and courage, as well as her mother's. Living with a disease is bad enough. Shirley suffered much pain along with disabilities, difficulties and hardships. She shouldn't have had to justify and battle with doctors, hospitals, social-workers, teachers, aides, guidance counselors, and principals. This is what they dealt with year after year. The professionals that should have been helpful, compassionate, supportive, and understanding, were the very ones who hurt, separated, and lied about them.

Shirley's unique way of writing further provides readers with a window to her intelligence, insight, and nature. Her matter-of-fact, original style and ability to prove a point is powerful. She wrote this book using a screen reader, JAWS, on the computer. Shirley has authored another book, Daring Quests of Mystics that was published in November 2003, and an anthology of short-stories and poems, Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells, self-published when she was twenty-one. Because she was in and out of hospitals for years, Shirley didn't go to school until the age of eleven. Amazingly, she advanced enough, even though she didn't know any English, into sixth grade. Shirley has received numerous awards, received a 100 score on New York State essay tests, published in The Poughkeepsie Journal in October 1997 and in Celebrate! New York's Young Poets Speak Out in 1999, and averaged a GPA in high school of 3.9 (97). She wishes to go to Harvard University and earn doctorates in microbiology, zoology, astronomy, physiology, and pathology. She will receive eye surgery hoping to restore her vision as she is blind.

This book is for those who are suffering, or who have someone close to them who is, from a severe medical problem. It's for those who've battled not only to find a cure for a disease or at least a better situation, and have had to deal with insurance companies, doctors and hospitals, teachers, schools, and social services as well. It will open eyes of readers without these types of problems and of those with compassion and a sense of what is right.
Shirley Cheng offers a look into her world providing disturbing truths about America's medical and school systems. She reveals how some doctors lie on their patient's documents and when cannot offer a solution or diagnosis for a disease often label the victim as mentally ill or depressed. She tells of instances when in a hospital, a staff member turned on her room light in the middle of the night waking her to clean the room, and of when they wouldn't help her sit to relieve her bladder. This book tells of numerous astonishing situations that Shirley and her mother endured. They shouldn't have had to deal with this in America. Unfortunately this great nation has its problems. The state of our medical, insurance, and parental rights needs a severe overhaul. Shirley's Mom, Juliet Cheng, says it best through first-hand experience: "No doctor in China would ever take away a mother's custody when she simply disagreed with medically recommended treatment." Also, "In China, no such things could ever happen. No one would even think of doing it." And about schools: "America's schools feel odd when seeing parents in school." She could not comprehend it. "In China, parents could freely go to the school while classes were in session." Juliet felt that America simply had too many rules and regulations with no exceptions for unique circumstances.

I agreed to review this book because I'm the parent of a child with a severe medical chronic disease. What we found when seeking treatment for her was surprisingly astounding. America's medical system was anything but helpful, understanding and fair. On the contrary, they created more obstacles and worries. The school system at first acted the same way. Luckily, that changed, but ONLY, I believe, because I was employed at the school at the time. The hassle and proof I had to go through left me frazzled, unable to sleep, and close to a nervous break down. As I read Shirley Cheng's book, I nodded in agreement often knowing what they went through wasn't being exaggerated. Many doctors have a big ego and don't have any respect for parents. My husband and I know our daughter's circumstances, what is normal, what medications work and the ones that don't, better than any doctor, nurse, social worker, judge, teacher or principal. When relaying this or making suggestions though, we were met with "She must be depressed" from the doctors. This was their response as to why, and then prescribed anti-depressant drugs. My opinion was that if you took away her daily, month after month pain she wouldn't be depressed.

Readers of Shirley Cheng's autobiography cannot help but wonder if she'd have been better off without America's medical system. Things might have also have been different had her father shown more concern, involvement, and love. Despite surmountable odds, Shirley obtained an education, academic achievement, and was published.

I recommend this book to everyone. America will be better when it gives power back to parents. Granted, there are times when abusive parents need interception, yet the average parent wants what is paramount for their child and loves them.

A disturbing, and enlightening read. Authentic, honest, and profound. Will change reader's outlook.


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