Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Behind the Mic Book Review: Chloe's Journey by Claudia Orrett
I was trying to imagine how difficult it would be to write this book, having to relive all the hard moments this sweet family had to endure... but, in the same breath, writing it down would help them to see just how incredibly far they've come! Through all the uncertainty, frustrations and feelings of despair, everyone on "Team Chloe" never gave up! Instead they said: ""She CAN! We will support Chloe all the way!" Because of that mindset, Chloe and all those in her circle THRIVE! Claudia gives you a wealth of information, including pictures of Chloe doing her exercises in therapy with diagrams and notes. She's also included pictures of things Chloe's friends have done to show how much they love her. All of this gives us a glimpse into what is involved in navigating the cerebral palsy journey. Through her own journey with Chloe, Claudia mentions how family support has been an invaluable source of strength, but what I appreciated the most, was the unwavering love and support that Claudia and John have established between each other. It provided a strong foundation which made them successful, as a couple, but ultimately as a family when things got tougher. That foundation has truly had an impact on Chloe. Her parents have helped her to push the boundaries of what she can do, so she can realize her dreams on her own merit and determination. Trust me, Chloe has some determination!! My heart was connected to this family from the first page until the last, and my hope is that you will feel the same! If the Orrett family can make a success of this journey, many others can too....Reading this book is one of the first steps to that success!!
Claudia, John, Samantha & Chloe: Thank you SO much for sharing your journey! Thank you for including my story and journey in your book as well...It touched my heart! I wish you much success with this book!
Michelle Fischer is the host of A View from my Window, a podcast produced by The Arc of Indiana