I Feel Your Stare

An Autobiography

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
242 Pages
Reviewed on 02/14/2024
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Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

I Feel Your Stare is a memoir that tells the inspiring story of Cheryl Gillespie, a woman who lives with Rheumatoid Arthritis and associated blindness. From a young age, Cheryl noticed that she was different from others, as her eyesight was hindered, and she had to visit several medical facilities with her parents. These experiences led to psychological trauma and suppressed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Cheryl had to attend a special boarding school for the visually impaired, where she learned Braille and how to get around. However, the school had prejudicial people, who tried to make her believe that she could not make it in the outside world. Despite this, Cheryl left the boarding school and enrolled in a public school, where she eventually pursued a music career, found love, and experienced loss.

Once in a while, a book comes along that has the power to change your perspective on life. I Feel Your Stare is one such book that has completely transformed my outlook on how to interact with people who have disabilities and how to approach them. Cheryl Gillespie's story is an inspiring tale of one woman's determination and unyielding faith. Her love for music, imagination, and self-reliance are all admirable qualities of her life that deserve to be celebrated. I was moved by the fact that her family supported her and did not abandon her, which is unfortunately what often happens with disabled family members. She addresses many issues that she faced, such as discrimination, medical cruelty, bullying, and prejudice. It is unfortunate to learn that she experienced most of this behavior from people in positions of authority who are supposed to help the disabled. Cheryl's fighting spirit and will to live are remarkable and will be a source of inspiration for anyone in a similar situation. Her casual tone and sense of humor made the book engaging and easy to read. I applaud and thank her for sharing her story and hope more people read it and gain understanding, empathy, and inspiration from it.