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DreamCatcher, Failure Was Never an Option

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

How many of us go through life saying, “Some day, I will make my dream happen.” Or I wish I could do so and so. Or if only things were different I could do this. Or if I could only get a break, or If only someone would help me.

Well, let me tell you a story about a man who was dealt a hand in life that he couldn’t change, he didn’t get breaks and he wasn’t supposed to be able to do anything, not even walk. This man was born at a time when the challenged and he was challenged was put away in asylums, forgotten and let alone in the darkness of their minds. They were the forgotten ones.
Stan wasn’t forgotten. He wasn’t put away and he never ever said, “if only”. He accepted the hand he was dealt, he played the hand he was dealt and he used his handicap for good. He never complained about the hand he had been dealt, for one thing it couldn’t be changed so it did no good to complain. He never pitied himself because he was different and he never felt sorry for himself. He accepted his handicap and used it to become a better person.
Stan was born in 1952 when the challenged was put away because they would “be a burden” to the family. That is what the doctors told my mother to do with him. The logic was that he would be to much to deal with and she already had one child and would have more. It was a though Stan was just a piece of yesterday’s newspaper to be tossed out because it was no longer useful.
Mother refused to listen. Even though the resources for looking after the challenged was non-existent she found all she could on brain damage and she taught herself how to care for him and how to expand his brain to make it work. She listened to her instincts as a mother. She believed that the brain which is a muscle could be taught to work against all odds. And the odds of Stan being anything but a vegetable were slim and none.
Stan was told he would never be able to go to public school- He didn’t believe it and neither did mother, so he proved them wrong. Stan was told he would never learn to talk, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never learn to read, he proved them wrong. He was told he could never go to high school again he proved them wrong. He was told he could never work in the public sector, again he proved them wrong. He has been working since he was sixteen years old.
Stan has been dealt some pretty hard blows, he has been cruelly teased, taken advantage of, laid off because of his disability and treated as if he only had half a brain. He has also touched lives, been loved without condition and grown into a wonderful caring, loving, son, brother and friend.
He has refused to allow defining negative moments in his life define who he is. He has refused to allow his handicap to define who he is or define how he lives his dream. He has refused to allow society to define who he is or what he does. He refuses to live with regret.
Stan takes each day as it comes. He lives each day as if it were his last, he loves himself for who he is not what he as. He loves his job not for the amount of money he makes but because he is able to make that money. He doesn’t draw any government assistance. He has always said he would work for his money. He does’t believe that he should have that which he has not worked for.
He lives his life to the fullest everyday.
Those of you who live in the shadows who truly believe that you are owed something just because you are on this earth- or because life has dealt you a lousy hand- or you were born into circumstances that were in your mind less than kind to you- read this book- there are lessons that Stan can teach you.
For those of you who have someone in your life who is handicapped and you ask yourselves why me read this book, it will help you to understand that we play the hand we are dealt with humor, tears and love.

For those of you who don’t believe you can live your dream read this book- it will give you the strength and will to strive to fly with the eagles. He is my yardstick.

For those of you who have spent your entire life bullying, abusing and generally being an ass when it comes to those who are different and teaching your children the same nasty traits, read this book- it is very humbling maybe it will give you a change of heart. Maybe you will be able to see into your dark soul and understand that your attitude is because of you and the way you see yourself.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option will inspire you to aspire- it will give you the reader a look into not only the life of one who has struggles, dreams and detours, but it will also teach you that even though all those things were factors, they didn’t become the factor of his life- they became stepping stones for him to reach his dream. Failure was never an option because Stan made the choice for it not to be. He never allowed the negative to keep him down, he turned it around to make it work for him.

He never felt sorry for himself he always without fail made things work out not matter what. Stan who is handicapped believes in himself, his family and his God. He has faith and with that faith comes success on many levels. He continues to work toward impossible goals because he can – not because he thinks he will reach them but because he can.

Dream Catcher, Failure was never an Option is indeed a book that will make the reader stop and think. It will make the reader wonder why the pity party is not over. There is no room for a handout in Stan’s life, only a hand up. And he is usually the one reaching down to give that hand up.

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Dream Catcher Failure was Never An Option

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Review for Dream Catcher Failure Was Never An Option

Dear Yvonne,

I want to let you know how much I enjoyed Dream Catcher. Stan’s story is so important, a story for our time, in helping us to see how essential it is that each child is accepted, included, and embraced in society and what they have to offer. Stan was fortunate that he had family and friends who fought for this and who believed in him. Thank you for writing this book, for sharing the gift of your family’s experience — the gift of Stan’s story. It is so perfectly titled.

Back in the eighties, I volunteered at a church for what was called Saturday School for adults with Down’s syndrome and autism and other cognitive challenges. Class was usually followed by a church service that these beautiful people themselves led and conducted. I thought they were pretty amazing. They understood alot more than what we often gave them credit for. I sometimes wondered what they were doing in a class all by themselves and had alot of mixed feelings about it. It seemed that the class was more for the “benefit” of others who didn’t want these people mainstreamed, aside from the “once a year” services when they were actually included. I remember thinking that this is how it should be every Sunday.

I used to be in total amazement of a little girl at one of the schools I used to substitute teach in. She was about seven and blind and was allowed to be in a regular classroom. Do you know that little girl could type word for word a whole story that I would read to her? She would type as I spoke. I would wait between sentences, but she let me know in no uncertain terms that I didn’t need to wait for her to “catch up”. She was always one step ahead of me.

The other side of that coin are schools who group all “special needs” or cognitively impaired children together, shut up in a classroom by themselves with no interaction with other children, even for lunch. I realize the challenges but there’s something wrong with this. It seems that all it does is foster and reinforce old stereotypes. Both sides lose.

Some years ago I suffered neurological symptoms that affected my speech and mobility. My entire life was flung upside-down in a matter of moments. I was pretty much homebound for sometime afterwards and I will never forget the intense pain of the isolation I felt. But many of these children endure isolation even into adulthood for all their lives.

When friends at my current church asked for help for the Buddy Walk (for Down’s children), I volunteered. They have a son with Down’s and had been involved with organizing the walk for several years. It was very rewarding to be involved with an organization that promotes inclusion of these children and interaction with them. We live in a society that loves and worships what is “normal” (if even that can be defined), a society that often doesn’t have the time or capacity to cope with people on a personal level out of the ordinary “stream” of life.

Your book offers hope by standing strong against stubborn stereotypes. I heartily recommend it to every parent and teacher. It should be in every educator’s library. Thank you, Yvonne, for investing in writing this book. I believe it will be a strong voice for acceptance as more and more people are inspired by it.

Wishing you continued success!

Yours always,

Cindy

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Books | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option

       Florida Author Yvonne Mason has given us a story of success in a time of failure for the challenged. She has given a voice to a child born in 1952 who became challenged. In her newest release “Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option”, Ms. Mason brings to life the story of success of a young man, her younger brother, Stan Robinson who is challenged.

       Stan was born in 1952 when there were no options for the challenged. He was never supposed to succeed. His only option was failure. His parents were advised to put him away in an asylum and forget he ever existed. They made the loving choice not to do that. They made the choice to allow Stan to become successful when Failure was his only option.

         Ms.Mason puts pen to paper and brings Stan’s Story to life as he catches his dreams and makes them real. She brings to life Stan’s belief in who he is and what he is about. She shows the reader how one man has made a difference in every life he has touched.

        Ms. Mason takes the reader into the life of Stan’s family as they deal with an older child as well as a baby who is challenged. She brings to life the pain, heartache and deep emotion of the mother as she learns to cope with Stan. Ms. Mason also brings to life the hope, the love and the deep abiding loyalty of the family as more siblings are added to the mix.

        The stories bring tears, laughter, anger and feelings of hope, success and belief that behind all of us there is the ability to succeed even when we feel we can’t.

         She shows how even those who are not considered “normal” can catch their dreams and own them.

          Dream Catcher, Failure Was Never An Option is the yardstick by which Ms. Mason patterns her own life and success. She says, “Had it not been for Stan I would have given up a long time ago in my quest to be an accomplished author.”

          Ms. Mason has proven that she is indeed that. She has several books currently on the market, including “Silent Scream” her true crime, the story of the victims of Gerard Schaefer who was Florida’s first serial killer, This book is becoming a best seller. Her other works are Tangled Minds, Brilliant Insanity and her newest release  When Fates Collide  which was co-authored with bestselling author Andrea Dean Van Scoyoc.

        All of her books can be purchased as Lulu.com, Amazon.com and her online bookstore at http://thebookattic.ecrater.com

       Currently Dream Catcher, Tangled Minds, Silent Scream and Brilliant Insanity can also be purchased for Kindle Readers at Amazon.

        Ms. Mason is always eager to correspond with her readers. She can be reached at ysam51@yahoo.com  check out her websites at www.myspace.com/yvonnemason and her ning site at http://reivewabook.ning.com          

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