Ordinary Miracles True Stories about Overcoming Obstacles and Surviving Catastrophes

ISBN-10: 1556425716
ISBN-13: 9781556425714
Edition: 2002
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Description: Catastrophes can occur with unexpected swiftness and in an instant change our lives forever. Illnesses and other misfortunes may develop slowly over time and they too may change our lives forever. But the story does not have to end there. With the  More...

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List price: $37.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Catastrophes can occur with unexpected swiftness and in an instant change our lives forever. Illnesses and other misfortunes may develop slowly over time and they too may change our lives forever. But the story does not have to end there. With the help of some very special people - occupational therapists - there is hope, and miracles do happen. If you do not know what occupational therapy is or what an occupational therapist does, don't worry! Read on and find out how people have learned to cope with their troubles and have become stronger by the very act of overcoming obstacles and surviving catastrophes. These are their stories - written by the people who lived them, their families, or those who helped them save the day. Ordinary Miracles: True Stories About Overcoming Obstacles & Surviving Catastrophes is an inspirational book containing over 95 true stories about everyday miracles that ordinary people worked hard to create for themselves -people like you or me, a spouse, child, parent, or friend. Some of the people were born with disabling conditions, others suffered illness, some were injured, and some experienced the ordinary conditions of old age. All of them required help to learn or relearn the skills they needed for the job of living, and with the aid of an occupational therapist, they all found the strength and courage to do so. Each of these stories illustrates the way someone was helped to overcome and defy the odds and shows how people have redesigned their lives to be meaningful and fulfilling following what could have been a life-shattering event. Their stories are tributes to the ability of people to triumph over adversity and to succeed when life is at its hardest. You will be amazed at their courage, energized by their achievements, and awed at the miracles they managed to accomplish. Some of these stories will bring a tear, some a smile, but all will inspire you with the knowledge and confidence that Ordinary Miracles do happen.

Preface
Introduction
The Journey Through Life
Infants and Toddlers: Getting Off to a Good Start
Fayda Sits in the Corner
Sam Gets a Halo
Jack's Hands
Cecilia Gets Unglued
I Can Do It
When He Smiles, the Room Lights Up
Just Say No
Jeff Wipes His "Ticky" Hands
Close to My Heart
A Healing Transformation
Therapeutic Paws: A Tail of Success
A Doll for Wendy
Children: Keeping on the Right Track
Meet Gabriella: An OT Success Story
Jacob's Declaration of Independence
Four Steps to Freedom
John Goes on a Diet
Snazzy Gets Her Driver's License
Silence Is Not Always Golden
Working With What We Have
Louie Talks With His Nose
Let Your Switch Do the Walking
A Penny Saves the Day
Teens: Avoiding Hazards on the Path
Steven's Box
Struggling to Get By
Can You Stick Out Your Tongue?
A Debt Repaid
Soon to Be a Butterfly
Jessica's Dream
Think Right Hand
Ten Finger Exercise
A Letter to Remember
Adults: Navigating the Perils of Illness and Injury
An Apple a Day
What Are You Going to Do Next? Go to Disney World
Clumsy Bob
Find It at the Mall
Let's Do Lunch
Life, Liberty, and Power Mobility
A Well-Dressed Woman
The Magical Mr. T
Yes, There Are Angels
Traveling Light
Do It My Way
Reflections on Rehabilitation
The Closet: A "Clothes" Encounter
Close to the Edge
Senior Citizens: Enjoying the Rewards of a Race Well Run
Potato Pancakes
More Scared Than Mean
You Could End Up Anywhere--Even Meeting a Woman
For St. Patrick's Day, Grow a Potato
A Real New Yorker
Going AWOL: You Can Go Home Again
Chicken and Black-Eyed Peas
Operation Vaudeville
A Man and His Dog: The Story of Barney and Bob
Life's Unpredictable Events
Not Always a Safe Haven: Accidents at Home, Work, and Play
Doctor, Will I Be Able to Play the Piano?
The Return of My Ring Finger
Socks or No Socks? That Is the Question
Believe in Me
Grandmother Ora Goes Home
Stand Up and Be Counted
The Power of Encouragement
A Friend in Need Is a Friend Indeed
Someday Soup
Commuter Nightmare
On the Road: Automobile Accidents
Twin Therapy
Hi Ho Beanie
Best Seat in the House
My Ugly Duckling
A Beautiful Flower Blossoms Slowly
A Message from T.J.
Allison's Road to Recovery
Still Climbing High
Brain Attack: Stroke and Other Head Injuries
The Father of the Bride
Never Give Up
Baby Talk
You Are My Sunshine
Mr. Zip-Zap
A Spiritual Nature
Discovering the Good in Bad Times (In Memory of Emily Marie)
Julia Speaks With Her Eyes
Good People, Bad Things: Violent Crimes, Wars, and Catastrophes
Their Bullet, My Life
Teens Hear It From One of Their Own
Rambo
Getting Back to Life
After the Explosion
Fire Fall and Therapy Ball
My 12-Story Plunge
September 11, 2001: Ambiguous Loss
September 11, 2001: Getting Through Trying Times
Retrospectives
Reflections of the Journey: Review of Lives Well Lived
Therapy Begins at Home
Chris Leaves a Legacy
The Music Lady
Hello, Can I Help You?
The First Two Clowns in Iceland
The Power of Joy
Back to Life, Work, and Happiness
Epilogue
Acknowledgements
About the Editor
About the Contributors

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