Finding Inspiration in Adversity
The blog is run by Ravyn Summers. He was born with burst lungs, fluid on his brain, and a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. His first 183 days of life were spent in hospital. Doctors told his parents that he would never be able to do anything and would grow up a vegetable. After meeting trainer Tomi Kokko and three years of hard work he can run a kilometre in six minutes and lift over 100 kilograms and is a general fitness guru. Ravyn is a firm advocate and believes that the only things he can’t do are play the guitar, piano, use a steak knife, or tie his shoes. Having had his own adventures with the medical community he recommended The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks: “If inconceivably strange, these brilliant tales remain, in Dr. Sacks’s splendid and sympathetic telling, deeply human. They are studies of life struggling against incredible adversity, and they enable us to enter the world of the neurologically impaired, to imagine with our hearts what it must be to live and feel as they do.”
To quote Ravyn,“If you have a child with autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome – or really any kind of neurological disorder, you owe it to yourself to read this book. For it shines both hope and humanity into the very heart of the conditions.”
Based on his glowing recommendation I’ve freshly downloaded the Kindle reader app and am all set to enjoy this book!
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