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The Impossible Only Takes a Little Longer: One Woman’s Story of Determination Paperback – December 14, 2013
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An incredible story of strength and determination from a woman who believes that "nothing is impossible . . . the impossible only takes a little longer."
Well-written and highlighted with her beautiful poetry, this book explains Sheila's experiences in a world that will never know what it is like to be her. "I have chosen to live each day to its fullest," she says, "and I have succeeded in just about everything I wanted to do."
Anyone who has faced a major challenge in life will love this book.
-- Ann Hall, Easter Seals Communications Specialist
Sheila Radzierwicz personifies what Rick and I speak of when we adopted our motto, Yes You Can. She lives it every single day of her life and this is why she was such a deserving recipient of the Team Hoyt Rising Star Award in 2012. Whether it is driving her car, putting away her dishes, brushing her own hair , traveling overseas to hone her Tae Kwon Do skills or even writing this book, Sheila lives, eats and breathes Yes You Can.
From the Author
As I look back on my life there is one common theme and that is support. I truly believe that I would never have accomplished all of the things that I've done in my life had it not been for my amazing network of support. It is not possible for me to list everyone but there are a few that I feel are important to highlight.
I owe my first thanks to my mom, Mary Radziewicz, and my dad, John Radziewicz. They have loved me unconditionally and continue to support me through everything I've ever tried my life. I've always believed that I was born with a feisty personality and my parents helped foster that which has helped me with my success in life. They have always been there and continue to be there for the hardest times in my life and the best. There are not enough words to truly express the gratitude that I have for my parents. I know that they endured many hardships in order to make sure that I succeeded in life and for that I am deeply grateful.
My sisters Lisa Tucker and Christine LeBlanc are two people that have always been there for me. Both of them have been there to stand up for me and laugh with me. You know you have great sisters when they agreed to play tea party with you ever though that is the last thing in the world they are interested in doing. As sisters we've stuck together through thick and thin. It is always been awesome to know that when I needed someone they were there and continue to be.
Shriners Hospital for Children is an organization that is amazing! The comprehensive medical care and support that me and my family received has impacted all of our lives significantly. The free medical care for all of my surgeries, braces and outpatient services allowed my family to focus on us and not financial hardships. Shriners Hospital also gave us a community of people and hope. There is one doctor that I will always hold close to my heart and that is Dr Leon Kruger (1923-2007). He gave my family hope when no one else would. He made a promise to my family and succeeded beyond all of our imagination. It was his direction and guidance that has made walking possible for me. I am deeply grateful for everything that he gave me and my family.
There are also four friends that have helped me in making my dream of writing my book possible. Julie Atlas, a woman I meet in graduate school, who has come one of my closest friend. My partner in crime while we wrote our thesis was quick to answer my call for help with editing. Deborah Edinburg a friend and volunteer at my work HAWC heard about my writing and offered you experience as I took my writing to next level and motivated me to continue going forward with my dream. Just when I had hit another road block another friend stepped forward Nicole Richon-Schoel. She said "I'm here to help you with your final edits". Her experience and her talents have bought my to an even higher level and for that I'm grateful. Last, Eva Montibello has been the nuts and bolts in this self publishing process. She has pushed me to make decisions and has taught me some much over the over the last year. Without her this book would still be in a word document!
There are also the hundreds of people who have impacted my life for years and brought me so much love. I'm thankful to have so many communities that have supported me through the years. They have been there for me in the hard times and the good. My extended family grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Have helped so much and given so much love. My childhood neighborhood of Salem Street in Malden I have so many amazing memories. Everyone from the Boston Minuteman Campground in Littleton Massachusetts thank you and I love you. Then there is my tribe many who I've met through Drum and Dance Cambridge, Spiritfire, Wildfire and through Earth Spirit Events. The support all of you have given me has made so much of a difference I would not be the woman I am today had it not been for all of you.
Finally I'd like to thank Bruce McCorry and Sandra LaRosa. These two people came into my life less than a decade ago and have seen me through some amazing changes. Their belief in me and support was the catalyst to the writing of a story in the local newspaper which changed my life. Media and letters swarmed their business and they took it in stride. Continuously finding ways to support me so that I could share my story to the world. They both even found time to give me some worldly advice when all the attention got a little overwhelming. Their support and friendship is something I am grateful to have in my life.
To all of you and everything that you have given and never asked for in return. I am a strong, determined, independent woman because of all of you! Now you all can stop asking me when are you going to write that book Sheila. Here it is! I hope all you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Light love and positive energy to all of you. Blessed be!
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Reading about Sheila's attitude towards her body and her life will make you start to think about your own perceived limitations. Once those are gone, you'll want to reach for every goal that ever seemed impossible to you.
You may also think about what you take for granted.
Or you may think of times you treated someone different with ignorance, instead of making a friend.
When you truly reflect on all the layers and lessons of this book, it will help you live a better life.
Thank you, Sheila, for sharing so much of yourself, in telling a story that makes us want to be the best we can.
A great easy, motivational read... this is definitely a book to put on your list to read...
Wonderful ! Great Job