Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy
Growing up with her siblings in Afri ...more
This book is a strikingly honest memoir telling about the author’s life with cerebral palsy.
Coping physically with a disability is challenging enough. Add to this coping with the emotional part. Add to this the problems interacting with other people—people without disabilities.
What do people without disabilities know about what it feels like to live with disabilities? The answer is: very little!
And this is where the interaction problems begin. People are cruel, people are tactless, people are in ...more
The best of memoirs do a number of things well – they give us intimate views of others’ lives, they enlighten us with more personal perspectives on historical eras or social issues, and, in the best of cases, they reaffirm our shared humanity. Fran Macilvey’s touching memoir, Trapped—My Life With Cerebral Palsy, in which she lays bare her struggles and successes, succeeds on all counts.
Fran’s life was launched in an exotic setting under dramatic circumstances--she was conceived in the Belgian Co ...more
By sharing her journey, Fran has illuminated the path we all must walk whether we have a physical disability or not. It made me stop and think about how I've approached people with physic ...more
Fran's way of bringing you into her world takes you there completely. Her descriptions of people and places are vivid. I did not feel sad when reading this memoir, which is tragic in parts. I ...more
I won a copy of this book as a competition prize quite a while ago-now I wish I read it much sooner! This is Fran Macilvey’s story. She has cerebral palsy; in her book she tells of all the hurdles she deals with on a daily basis, letting us know with complete honestly exactly how she feels. The pretending-trying to live as normal a life as possible and just finding a different way of doing things. This was amazing and really interesting right fro ...more
The author is a very courageous person, first of all for writing this book and telling all of the intimate details of her life and struggles with cerebral palsy. Second, I was amazed at her courage and determination to find a way to do any ...more
Fran has cerebral palsy as a result of being starved of oxygen at birth. Did I feel sorry for her? Yes, in that Fran has a constant battle to overcome people’s perception of what she is and isn’t capable of. There always seems to be the presumption by others that her body, which maybe lacking in ...more
Understand that her next book is about finding happiness but I think she answers that here - find your vocation and your soul mate and you can cope with any ...more
I do not suffer from cerebral palsy, but Fran suggests that we all have disabilities of some sort, and I'm sure she's right. I could relate to so much of her life that I underst ...more
I chose this book because my brother has cerebral palsy. I wanted to learn more about his experience, even though he’s in his forties now and we’ve had a long time to get to know each other.
The author grabbed my attention with an incredibly gripping account of her mom in the delivery room, giving birth. She held my attention with her willingness to share her embarrassments, rages, failures. She shed light on how childhood emotions affect an adult life. Really insightful.
She became aware she “…...more
Trapped -- in her body from cerebral palsy -- but also trapped in a co-dependent delusion that if only she worked hard enough, if only she didn't cause a fuss, if only she lived the life expected of her, she would be happy. Fran Macilvey's autobiography is the story of how she emerged from that trap, freed herself to a life of joy, a life where she "has the right to get it wrong, the same as everyone else." She still has cerebral palsy, she still walks with an uneven gait and falls far too often ...more
Trapped is not a book that you race through, it's not a rollicking good read and it's not a roller coaster ride either.
Fran is neither trapped by her disabilities or people's prejudices for and against her. Instead she is trapped within herself, by herself, a ...more
"'Assistance' in the form ...more
Fran Macilively welcomes you into her world in a very blunt and open way. She started out life in a rather dramatic fashion and was welcomed into a world of privilege. Her account of her early life in the Belgian Congo is spellbinding. The way she describes sitting in the sun petting her ...more
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