Sunday, March 28, 2021

BOOK REVIEW: Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy by Amanda Forry-Fino


This is a redux of Cerebral Palsy Gal: A Novella. The new version is more heartfelt and touching, and I have used all my heart and soul into creating it, which I hope you will enjoy as much as I enjoyed putting together.

Amanda was born with cerebral palsy due to the complications that occurred during her birth. In her autobiographical, she recounts the trauma she experienced as a youngster, enduring physical, mental, and emotional abuse from her family and coping with her father's cancer diagnosis at the age of 59. It was a chance meeting with the former US intelligence officer, Ronald Fino, his Russian-born wife, Alla, and their son that eventually saved Amanda, enabling her to pursue her lifetime dream, becoming a best-selling writer. Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy is an inspirational, heartwarming, and profoundly moving account of a young woman's life and struggles to discover her voice and develop her self-esteem to advocate for other people with severe disabilities.




While Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy is autobiographical it also tells the tale of human nature in general. Amanda was born with cerebral palsy. She is a disability advocate and fighter for cerebral palsy research. She opens up on her life telling us her pain and struggles on living with CP. As well as enlightening us too as she opens our eyes explaining to us why she fights so hard to raise awareness. You can tell this is her tale and no one else’s, but if she can maybe inspire or educate just one person her job is done.


We open up to a sweet forward from Ronald Fino her dad as the preface and Chapter 1 introduces us to Amanda and all she is. Chapter two starts her life story as her birth is a malpractice suit in plain sight. Sadly no one sees until Amanda is three and her family is told by a physical therapist that she has CP. Still, she goes on to display a loving lavished childhood, which once you get deeper into her story reveals an even deeper message of her story.


Amanda writes with innocence and fierceness that makes you want to turn every page as you watch her story go from triumph to tragedy to triumph again. I applaud her bravery and commend her for sharing her tale. Her story shows the power behind love and believing in someone how it can change their world.


My rating *****5 stars



Amanda Forry-Fino is a Disability Self Advocate, and an active member of the Training Alumni Association (T.A.A.)--an association of graduates of the Partners in Policymaking program. Along with the Youth Leadership Academy supported by the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities to facilitate grassroots advocacy.  She enjoys spending time walking with her mom and her dog Mila. While later watching a good film noir with her dad.


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