CMT and Me: An intimate 75-year journey of love, loss and refusal to surrender to a disabling disease 1st Edition
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- Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
- Paperback : 330 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1775058204
- ISBN-13 : 978-1775058205
- Product Dimensions : 8 x 0.75 x 10 inches
- Publisher : Linda D. Crabtree; 1st Edition (December 20, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #388,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ms. Crabtree shares her experiences in a matter-of-fact tone that tends to minimize just how difficult it was for her to climb stairs and navigate hallways as a student, attend art school in a city far from home, pursue a career and develop and sustain relationships while coping with CMT's effects on her body. "CMT and Me" is a self-portrait of a courageous woman who never let her health issues define or confine her. Instead, she overcame the obstacles her physical symptoms presented and became a successful career woman and a resource creator and advocate for persons with CMT and other disabilities.
My subtitle includes the word "adventure" on purpose. Ms. Crabtree may have been born with a disabling health condition, but she has done what Henry David Thoreau most wished to do - she has lived deep and cut a unique, broad swath. Her advocacy for persons with CMT and for all people with disabilities has made a huge difference for many, many people. Her love of her home, Canada's beautiful Niagara Falls region, led her to create the Accessible Niagara website, write a newspaper column, and produce an accessible tourism video, all of which have helped countless people with disabilities enjoy traveling to one of the world's most iconic waterfalls. Ms. Crabtree's advocacy work and her artistic and writing careers would be legacy enough for most people, but not for her. With "CMT and Me," Ms. Crabtree opens a very intimate door and gives us a compelling, can't-put-it-down account of a life of love, determination, loss, and incredible fortitude.
CMT wasn' always bad. With my contracted toes I was one large man who was a really fast runner. I received many requests come to their college. These same feet prevented me from riding horses with deep ankles but I had great balance on horseback.
Unfortunately I finally T.met my first footdrop. I really didn't want to wear a brace, but my doctor advised that without a brace I might trip over a blade of grass and break a hip.
Alas, over time CMT has succeeded in in the bedridden race, but my brain sitll.wins.
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She writes with a positive attitude, and a zest for life and learning and giving. She has done so much for the CMT community in the world, and the accessibility challenged in her own Niagara region. She is to be congratulated for telling her story and being so honest and helpful. Thank you Linda Crabtree for sharing your story.
Crabtree paints her complex story with honesty and unadorned, unpolished photographs, powerful illustrations, prose and poetry. And therein lies the power of her work; she does not underestimate her readers. My favourite paintings have been done this way. They set up an authentic communication triangle with the artist/writer, the work and the viewer.