My Extraordinary Life

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
194 Pages
Reviewed on 06/04/2013
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Author Biography

Monica Sucha Vickers was born missing three limbs. Despite this, she lived her life and accomplished things as if she was normal. Born in Kansas, she grew up in Nebraska. She graduated from Syracuse High School and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

She has 6 living siblings (3 brothers, 3 sisters). A brother died suddenly in 2010. Five of the six siblings and her mother live within miles of each other in Phoenix, Arizona. All are die-hard Nebraska Cornhusker fans.

Monica currently lives with her husband, Mike, just southeast of Phoenix, Arizona. After almost 40 years, she has retired from the medical transcription business. In her spare time, she enjoys jigsaw puzzles, reading, stitching baby blankets, attending Arizona Diamondback baseball games and shopping at any mall.

Her favorite TV shows are Grey's Anatomy, Criminal Minds, CSI, Survivor, and The Amazing Race.

Her favorite quote is from Easter Seals: "The worst thing about a disability is that people see it before they see you."

    Book Review

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.

Barb Shaw

This book is a must read for all families. It is a first-hand account of life as an individual with only one limb in a world where most people have four limbs. The author's story will inspire you, teach you, humble you, and empower you to overcome all the real or perceived obstacles in your life. Do yourself a favor and read this book.


Monica tells her story in her own words and from her own experiences. She has an amazing story to tell and lessons we can all learn from. A great book of hope and inspiration that will make you laugh and cry, and leave you hoping to have that much spunk and spirit in your own life. Read My Extraordinary Life today.