With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw s Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a twenty one year old with spinal muscular atrophy From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a you only live once perspective on life While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease....
|Title||:||Laughing at My Nightmare|
|Number of Pages||:||173 Pages|
|File Size||:||894 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Laughing at My Nightmare Reviews
I have to confess I approached this book--and the blog of the same name--with some mild trepidation. I feared Burcaw was exploiting his disability, i.e., currying praise for being inspirational when all he's doing is, you know, surviving. I don't like referring to a disability as a disease, either. It's like playing the pity card, emphasizing medicalization and portraying yourself as a victim of said disease.
I bought this book for Amazon Kindle and couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried and have promoted it to everyone I know. My 16-year-old daughter has read it and is now crushing hard on Shane, "He's hot!" she says. Shane is funny and bravely honest about everything we humans endure, but of course, he is enduring it all in a uniquely terrifying way. The fact that he can laugh at his situation (most of the time) is definitely inspiring. My 16-year-old (in photo) also happens to have the same disease as Shane although a milder form. His experiences mirror hers in such a remarkable way that helped her to feel less isolated...she's a rebel too. Finally, as a mother of a child with SMA, I was able to gain an insight through Shane's book to my daughter's innermost fears and thoughts.
Since I've been diagnosed with a terminal illness, I lost my sense of humor gradually... I became too self absorbed in my own issues and forgot/ignored how to approach/live my life properly. This read has rekindled my desire to live, laugh and love once again! Thank you S.B. for sharing yourself with us all!
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This was different than the choices I usually make... But so worth it. I was impressed by the mix of bravado and vulnerability. This young man shares EVERYTHING, which takes so much courage. I admire his desire to just live... To try to embrace each experience. That is a universal lesson we can all share. The main reason I didn't give it five stars is that at times I felt like his story took detours that changed his voice in the piece. But overall... An inspirational book, an inspirational young man.