Boy With Autism Declares: 'It's My Superpower'
'Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive,' co-authored by Deborah Norville, shares stories of people with incredible resilience.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Whary, who has autism, has become Deborah Norville's hero.
According to the INSIDE EDITION host: “The rest of us don't have nearly the impediments in our lives that this young man was born with and he has not only surpassed any impediments he has made as he puts it in his story -- his superpower. Autism is his super power.”
Whary even titled his section of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, "Autism is My Super Power."
He wanted to be an Eagle Scout and he became one. He wanted to learn how to ride a bike and he did that. He wanted to be in the marching band, now he plays trumpet, all by thinking possible.
Norville said: “When you think that something might happen, there is still that element of doubt. But despite that doubt you are willing to go for that goal.”
“This book is filled with people who had doubts that maybe it would happen but despite that they moved forward,” Norville said.
The book is filled with 101 inspiring stories; including Gina Tate's who wrote about overcoming obesity.
“I was really worried about what I was going to do next if I put on more weight,” she said.
The 38-year-old mom of three from Palm Bay, Florida had ballooned to 328 pounds. She started believing that each decision she made had the possibility of being better than some of the ones she made in the past.
She said: “I was really worried about what I was going to do next if I put on more weight, this is the biggest size you can buy in the store.”
It was just one decision at a time. Now, she's 50 pounds lighter and her life is great.
Another inspiring story comes from Steven Alexander who had kidney disease. He met his wife, Jordan, a nurse, while waiting for a kidney transplant. The couple used the mantra "kidney tomorrow" as their rallying cry.
Every time they went to bed they said “kidney tomorrow.”
He said: “We'd have those bad nights, those days where everything just weighed on us. I'd look over at her and go: 'kidney tomorrow!'”
Then one day in the most ordinary of situations, he was out at the grocery store and he got a phone call that he's going to get a kidney. He's had the transplant and is healthy.
His wife said: “It makes you forever hopeful because it doesn't really put an end in sight, 'Kidney tomorrow' was a way of lifting our spirits.”
Norville declares: “Pick this book up, they are little bitty short stories, takes a moment to read them and I'm pretty sure you're going find, ‘I can do it, too.’”
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