Newly Edited and Final Edition

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 Eternal Sunshine of the CP Gal’s Mind

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Is it possible to move forward when you are held back by the past? Can you make good decisions in the present when you have been abused in the past? In this brilliant novel, a woman struggles to cope with her disability, heartache, and family.

As a result of complications during the birthing process, Amanda was born with cerebral palsy. A young woman recounts the trauma she experienced as a child, enduring physical, mental, sexual, and emotional abuse from her family and having a mother who cannot tolerate her Cerebral Palsy. Amanda found comfort and solace in her grandmother, her ‘Gragwa,’ throughout her childhood. The only person who loved her and cared for her. Amanda exposed the naked truth of life with cerebral palsy as she dealt with growing up and various relationship issues, friendship issues, loss, and many other things. Her journey from girl to woman has developed her self-esteem and burning passion for advocating for other people with severe disabilities.

In December 2019, Cerebral Palsy Gal: A Novella was released, and on March 25, 2021, Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy: The True Story of Amanda Forry-Fino was released. Yet again, it has been retitled Eternal Sunshine of the CP Mind. What the heck is going on, Amanda, a book with three titles?
There must be a reason why I am sure you all wonder. To be honest, I am partly to blame. Cerebral Palsy Gal: A Novella aired under a small publisher, and then when it hit the black list, I ended up having to cut ties with them. The result was that I rewrote it, making it into a novel entitled Living Strong with Cerebral Palsy: The True Story of Amanda Forry-Fino, which was released on March 25, 2021. My grammatical errors and other errors have received terrible reviews. My attempt to turn this into a romance fiction book was probably my worst idea ever.
It was really hard for me to lose so many friends and be blocked on Facebook like a cocaine addict. People did not understand the central message of my book; they destroyed it. It was really hard.
Michelle, my dear friend who is on the autism spectrum is a book editor who has previously edited one of my books. We were discussing my latest book reviews and I was so sad that I was about to trash it forever. So she wanted to see what she could do with it. Consequently, we have agreed to work on editing and reworking this autobiography.
As a result, the title of this updated edition of my book has been changed. In its present state, it is available as Eternal Sunshine of the CP Gal’s Mind. Eternal Sunshine of the CP Mind, the title of the new book, sums up my perspective on life as living with CP to a T!
Thank you so much, Michelle, for putting life back into this book. I am forever in your debt. Because the real question is: if I do not give the naked truth about life with cerebral palsy, who else will?

Published by Amanda Forry/Fino

Amanda Forry/Fino is a certified disability advocate, CP gal, and author of her autobiography, Eternal Sunshine of the CP Gal’s Mind. She is a disability rights advocate and active Alumnus of the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities. She has also joined the leadership team and presented for the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities, Training Alumni Association (TAA). She is a Va-LEND graduate and Public Speaker. In her free time, Amanda enjoys reading and writing books and walking. Being a member of her church, she enjoys blogging on Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Amanda lives with her family in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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