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Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
"My Extraordinary Life" was written by Monica Sucha Vickers. This easy-to-read, well-written, inspirational, uplifting book is one for all ages to enjoy. Monica Sucha Vickers describes her life's struggles, joys, hardships, griefs, frustrations and everything else about how it was to grow up with a disability. Having a disability in today's life is more commonly accepted than when Monica grew up. In the 1950's, hard work, dedication, strict family values, and unspoken words, as well as a "do it yourself attitude ", were more prominent than now. Monica was born with missing limbs and was not expected to survive even a few weeks in the hospital, let alone live a full adult life. Throughout the book Monica tells the detailed story of her life's challenges and stories of her childhood home, family members, and schools. We find that she had never realized as a small child that there was anything wrong with the way she lived her life.
The stories the reader will find among the pages of this book are very powerful, inspirational, and very honest. Monica grew up at a time and with a family that did not allow self pity. She learned right from a young age that despite her disabilities she would learn to do things for herself, before she asked for help. This may seem cruel and unusual for a young child with three missing limbs, but actually the "tough love" type of life Monica lived ended up being the best way of life she could have created for herself in her situation. Monica's perseverance and will power are outstanding, and will give the reader a new perception of and respect for those who are disabled.