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Who Hit the Down Button: Life with a Chronic Illness or Disability Paperback – December 3, 2008


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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (December 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440108757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440108754
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,697,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

About the AuthorPhyllis Dolislager is a polio survivor. She has a M.A. in curriculum & instruction from Michigan State University and freelances as a writing consultant. For Christmas 2000, Phyllis wrote her Testament, A King-Size Bed, A Silk Tree & A Fry Plan for her family. Then her Michigan family requested a book about growing up on the farm in the 50's and 60's. Consequently she is the author of the family memoir, Lessons Learned on the Farm. See amazon.com. I Pray for You on Wednesday and Simple Ways to Share Your Faith soon followed. Her last title, Moved Out of Our Comfort Zone, tells of her and Ron's move to Tennessee where they now live in a handicap accessible log cabin. To learn more about Phyllis and her books, visit www.byphyllis.com.

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From a Farm in Michigan to life in Florida

I grew up on a dairy farm north of Grand Rapids, Michigan and learned a strong work ethic there.

I had polio at the age of 18 months and became a survivor and developed into a Type A personality. Both qualities continue to shape my life.

I received a B.A. in speech at Central Michigan University; a M.A. in Instruction and Curriculum at Michigan State University; I have taken post-grad hours in Eng. at FAU.

Most of my life I have been an educator: speech, forensics, drama, journalism, literature and writing. I directed plays, coached debate and forensics, sponsored school newspapers. My last position was as a writing adjunct at Nova University.

Currently I give writing workshops encouraging others to share their stories--to leave a legacy for their friends and family.

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Mrs. Dolislager has done us all a great favor in letting us see how life with a disability really is. She writes from the daily perspective that does not complain, but overcomes obstacles and lets others in on chronic illnesses-a view we all need. Phyllis is forthright with great dignity. Her work is easy to read and before you know it you will have read the entire book in no time at all. This book will no doubt encourage others who are experiencing similar difficulties, if not now, perhaps in the days ahead. Buy the book for yourself and one for a friend. They'll love you for it.
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Author Phyllis Dolislager is no stranger to the unexpected challenges faced by those who live with an ongoing physical disability. As a post-polio survivor, Phyllis shares candidly about her own challenges, drawing upon the source of her own faith in God and on the advice of good friends, family members and professionals. Phyllis recounts her own gradual race toward over-commitment, and her eventual collapse from personal exhaustion. As someone who also wrestles with the panic of personal overload, coupled with a chronic, physical challenge, I found this book to be a restorative look at my own life - through the eyes of someone else. These down-to-earth reflections make for an easy read about a hard situation - from someone who has "been there and done that."
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Through the author's personal experience with Post-Polio Syndrome, she has been able to offer hope to those of us living with chronic illness. As I read how she is dealing with the challenges of fatigue, discouragement, pain and the inability to get out-and-about, I am encouraged to seek and find the answers that work for me.
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