Book Review: Carissa’s Law by Misty Boyd

Carissa’s Law by Misty Boyd

Carissa’s Law by Misty Boyd is a touching book about the life of a girl born with spina bifida.

The story starts with her first day of college and all the adventure that moment brings into one’s life. In this case, from the viewpoint of one living life in a wheelchair.

This book struck a chord with me as I had a family member who was born with spina bifida, as was the author of Carissa’s Law.

As you make your way through this novel, there are moments of laughter and moments of tears. There are also moments that made me so mad about how the expectant parents and their babies were treated that I could have screamed!

Carissa’s Law is about understanding that all life is precious and worthy. In a wheelchair or out of it, people are people with hopes and dreams that they should be allowed to achieve.

It is about the dedication of one girl to make things better for those with spina bifida and for disabled people.

It is a fight for truth.

Carissa seeks to require the medical community to update their knowledge in regards to spina bifida, as well as telling parents the truth about the prognosis.

I really enjoyed this book and hope that you will, too.

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We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Press Release: Citizens Disability Takes a Personalized and Specialized Team Approach to the Social Security Disability Claims Process

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Citizens Disability Takes a Personalized and Specialized Team Approach to the Social Security Disability Claims Process

Consumer Advocacy Group Helping Disabled Workers Fight for

and Receive the SSDI Benefits They Deserve

 

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Waltham, Mass. – October 2018 – With almost two-thirds of Social Security Disability applicants being denied benefits, many who have been paying into the system for years and are truly deserving of such benefits give up the fight. Citizens Disability is picking up the battle axe on their behalf. An advocacy group for people who are struggling to obtain SSDI benefits, Citizens Disability is changing the benefits landscape by helping individuals navigate the large, impersonal and denial-heavy government system.

A recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) study showed that “claimants who had representatives, such as an attorney…were allowed benefits at a rate nearly 3 times higher than those without representatives.”  Additionally, according to the Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2016, “The final award rate for disabled-worker applicants has varied over time, averaging 34 percent for claims filed from 2006 through 2015. When only first-time applications are considered, the award rates become even worse. “The percentage of applicants awarded benefits at the initial claims level averaged only 23 percent.” Once denied, many individuals who take on the daunting application process drop out of the fray, and with good reason.

Operating under the slogan of “All we do is fight for you,” Citizens Disability increases these dismal approval odds considerably. By dedicating a Citizens Disability advocate to each individual aspect of the claim procedure, the advocacy group simplifies the complicated application process. This personalized approach to filing a claim ensures a highly trained individual is dedicated to each aspect of the application.

“Unlike the traditional approach in which a caseworker is assigned dozens, even hundreds, of applicants and then handles all phases of the process, we take a phase-by-phase approach,” explains Andrew Youngman, Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Disability. “In doing so, our clientele receive access to an initial filing specialist. They are then passed down the chain to another professional and then another who guides them through every aspect of the claim.”

What does this differentiated approach mean for Citizens Disability’s clients? Most importantly, it results in increased odds of disabled workers winning the Social Security benefits they have earned. In turn, deserving applicants can address their health concerns without the added fear of how they are going to survive and thus get on with their lives.

To learn more about Citizens Disability, please visit https://www.citizensdisability.com/. Interested media may arrange a meeting with company management by calling 512-777-8602.

 

Book Review: Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: A True Story by Kelly Bargabos

Chasing the Merry-Go-Round: A True Story by Kelly Bargabos

Chasing the Merry-Go-Round by Kelly Bargabos is a touching story of the devotion of a sister for her little brother. He was adopted into her family after a traumatic start in life. From the moment she saw him, she felt led to be there always for him, to take care of him, to love him.

Over the years, it became evident that something was holding him back, slowing him down in relation to the rest of the world. Ms. Bargabos fought the system to find out what that “something” was and to get her brother Bobby the help that he needed and deserved.

As Ms. Bargabos was fighting for her brother, she also had heartbreak on an even more personal level. Her marriage was falling apart. We learn more about the effects of substance abuse on her early childhood and how it has affected her relationships along the way.

This book deals with the effects of abuse, physical and substance, on children and those around them. Not all scars are evident at first.

Ultimately, it is a story of love, devotion, and faith.

If you enjoy learning more about the lives of others, then Chasing the Merry-Go-Round is the story for you.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Book Review: Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague

Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague

We are sent scores of books to review each month. It seems that the subject of Parkinson’s Disease is coming up more and more.

Not to long before reading Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive, and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined by Tim Hague, we completed Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning: A memoir of my recovery from Parkinson’s Disease by Howard Shifke.

The two books really work well together. With this book, Perseverance, we learn about the many challenges of living with Parkinson’s Disease, an incurable disease that is caused by lack of dopamine in the body. Tim Hauge decided he wasn’t going to let Parkinson’s Disease slow him down. He was going to live life to the fullest.

Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning is the story of the author who, like Tim Hague, learned he had Parkinson’s Disease. He also decided he was going to live life to the fullest. However, in this book the author decided that just because Western medicine says there is no cure for Parkinson’s that does not mean it is so.

The first part of Perseverance gives us the story of a mixed race child born in rural Texas and raised by a loving adopted family.

We follow the author through disappointment after disappointment. We see how he did not really fit in with any race. He was always too black, too white, or otherwise just not acceptable.

Perseverance will make you laugh, will make you cry, it will make you mad. AND, it will have you on the edge of your seat.

In Perseverance, we read the fascinating and exciting story of the author and his son competing in The Amazing Race Canada.

We see how Tim and his son Tim, Jr. worked to face all the obstacles head on. Even though we learn the outcome of the race early in the book, the excitement is still there. We still hang on every word.

We give Perseverance all five stars. It is very well-written and downright hard to put down. We think it makes an excellent tool to help others living with Parkinson’s Disease.

If, however, you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and you want to find a different tool box, one that offers a cure, then you will want to read Fighting Parkinson’s…and Winning.

Interestingly enough, both books have a similar mindset. However, Shifke learns that Parkinson’s Disease is not caused by lack of Dopamine. He found it is that the body does not use what it produces properly and how to retrain the body to use it.

You will want to buy both books.

We were sent a complimentary copy of this book. We are under no obligation to write any review, positive or negative.

We are disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Notice: This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and make a purchase, we may financially benefit from your transaction, at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.