Searching For Normal – Alison Neuman

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SEARCHING FOR NORMAL: A Memoir by Alison Neuman
They thought she was going to die. At three-and-a-half years old, bed-ridden shivering in a cold sweat, Alison Neuman’s tiny fingers wrap around her mother’s for strength. But even at this age, Alison is determined to beat the odds.
When years of hospitalization robs her of most of her childhood, she finds joy.
When children and adults avoid her like the plague, she finds friendship.
When she cracks her skull in a playground accident, when her math teacher holds her back a grade, and when she is mistreated by the medical professionals that were entrusted to help her, she finds strength.
And even when it becomes clear that the painful disease she has, dermatomyositis, will leave her wheel-chair bound for the rest of her life, Alison does not let it defeat her. She will conquer it, she will achieve her greatest dreams and along her journey to finding normal, she will find joy, humor, passion and music.
In this inspirational true story, Alison Neuman tells of her daily mission to triumph over pain, to prove wrong the naysayers that say she “cannot”, and become a reminder to us all that can’t is only a mindset and happiness is a choice.
Curtis Gillespie, author of Almost There: The Family Vacation Then and Now, calls Alison’s story, “… inspired.”
Cassie Stock, author of Dance, Gladys, Dance, says, “Anyone who has … searched for his or her place in the world should read this book.”
If you are a fan of Spilled Milk by K.L Randis, Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra or Overlay by Marlayna Glynn Brown, you will enjoy the powerful memoir by this award-winning author.


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No one ever expected Alison Neuman to live past the age of three, let alone become a successful author and performer. Now, an inspirational figure, Neuman has never let the painful disease she suffers with, dermatomyositis, dictate what she can and cannot achieve in her life.
An award-winning singer, Neuman has even done dance performances with the iDance and Cripsie Groups in her native Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian hometown. Along the way, she has become a college graduate, earning a degree in creative writing from MacEwen College, despite being told she’d never amount to anything. Searching for Normal is her memoir and anthem to anyone who is suffering through sickness or obstacles that seem too impossible to overcome.
“You can and will achieve life’s greatest dreams,” Neuman says, “if you take it one step at a time; even if that step is while you navigate via a wheelchair