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Seated in Empowerment: A couple's journey with cerebral palsy through life, marriage and success [Kindle Edition]

Glenda Watson Hyatt , Darrell Hyatt
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Book Description

Glenda and Darrell both have physical disabilities, specifically cerebral palsy. Both are unable to walk independently, Glenda does not speak clearly. Between them, they have the equivalent of two functioning hands. But that doesn’t define who they are, neither does it hold them back.

Despite various medical professionals saying these two individuals wouldn’t amount to much, they fell in love, got married and bought a condo. They struggle with the unenlightened attitudes of others, needless physical accessibility issues and household chores. Through it all, they keep a sense of humour and determination, and a deep love and admiration for one another.

What is the one thing they would change about themselves? How do they make life and marriage work? What do they see as success?

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  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G79LCT6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,262,931 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of love and mutual respect October 27, 2013
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Glenda and Darrell share the story of meeting and marriage together. In some ways, it is a story like everyone else's and yet it is different as they manage to overcome the challenges of their disabilities. They answer questions that many would ask, were they not too polite. The fun part for the reader is getting to know their personalities. If they lived nearby, it would be tempting to drop by for a chat with such an interesting and inspiring couple!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about marriage in the disguise of 'disability' October 28, 2013
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My first conversation with Glenda was in a big room with lots of people. In the swirl of many other conversations around us, Glenda patiently taught me about the power of listening, of choosing words carefully. There weren't a lot of words in our conversation, but there was a lot of understanding. Glenda became my disability conscience that day. (her phrase, by the way). I'm not sure exactly how to explain that other than feeling like she invites me to think, "How can we work together to understand each other?"

When I read this conversation with Darrell and Glenda, I have that same sense of working together to understand each other. This is less a book on disability than a book on marriage. All couples have challenges, many don't work as intentionally to love and care for each other as Darrell and Glenda describe.

Once again, I'm grateful to Glenda for well-chosen words, this time with Darrell. This book moves her from disability conscience to relationship conscience. Not in a nagging way, but in the sense of "What could be better if you would think about these things?"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book from beginning to end. October 27, 2013
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Glenda and Darrell tell the story of how they met, dated, married, found a house and live seated in a wheelchair. Glenda's brutal honesty about her first date with Darrell was surprising. Glenda didn’t want to be seen in public with a disabled person. She soon got over that when she learned Darrell was so easy to talk with.

They talk about their everyday challenges with meal preparation, house cleaning and maintenance. Their love for each other shines through with each sentence. Glenda and Darrell have so much spirit and can do it attitude that comes through in their writing.

Glenda has athetoid cerebral palsy which makes speech difficult. I could feel Darrell’s excitement as he explained Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices that Glenda uses when she does public speaking.

I highly recommend this book. I hope it is the first of many Glenda and Darrell books to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glenda January 7, 2014
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Glenda writes with heart and soul as always! great read and real insight to cerebral palsy and the challenges they face.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and encouraging November 26, 2013
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Glenda and Darrell give a wonderful account of their romance and how their love has blossomed in spite of many obstacles. It's a quick read - I finished it in one sitting.

Even if you're not in a life-partner relationship, you will find many helpful lessons here.

I've had the joy of meeting Glenda and look forward to the day when I can meet Darrell too!
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More About the Author

Born not breathing for six minutes, Glenda Watson Hyatt started her life with an extra mountain to climb: cerebral palsy. Fortunately, she landed in the right family where "can't" was banned from the home.

Though she started school in a special education class, from fourth grade on she was in regular education classes. She kept up with assignments the same way she now writes and blogs: typing with her left thumb. As technology improved, she exchanged the electric typewriter for increasingly sophisticated tools and has recently added the iPad to her arsenal.

Now as a motivational speaker, Glenda shares her own unique life experiences to encourage, to entice, to motivate others to move forward, to go for it, to strive for their potential and to live life more fully.

Her family lived in and around the west coast of British Columbia. Glenda now lives in Surrey (near Vancouver) not far from where she attended elementary school. Although Glenda feels like she has gone full circle, this time around living in the area she has her husband of 15 years, Darrell, who also has cerebral palsy which makes life twice as interesting, and memories of her beloved seventeen year old Faith kitty. Life is good.


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