That is Not Me: A Journey of Perception

FriesenPress
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That is Not Me: A Journey of Perception is based on a poem the author wrote during her early twenties. Growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, L.J. Nelson struggled to understand who she was as a Little Person diagnosed with Achondroplasia. During that time, very little scientific or medical research was available regarding the causes of, and support for, the rare conditions of skeletal dysplasia. Raised to be an independent and resourceful woman by her loving family, L.J. only gradually realized that she was “different.” After challenging teen years, L.J. struggled to embrace the realities of her differences as a young adult, but she gradually learned an approach to life that has seen her ride a bike, play the piano and saxophone, and establish her professional career as a Special Educator.

This is her memoir. It is about relationships—with her family, friends, strangers, and even herself. It is about her experiences. Told with refreshing frankness, strong doses of humour, and, at times, raw emotion, That is Not Me is a testament to tenacity. It is a story about choices, change, enlightenment, and, above all, encouragement.
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About the author

L.J. Nelson has been writing and storytelling for essentially all of her adult life. Her career as an educator has involved reams of technical writing for reports, policies, and guidelines. She has also written poetry and lyrics, and keeps various journals handy to record her thoughts and feelings. L.J.’s current role as a private tutor requires her to write monthly narratives about the lives of the students she works with. She now sees herself as a storyteller who is learning to be a writer.
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Publisher
FriesenPress
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Published on
Mar 16, 2018
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Pages
198
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ISBN
9781525519758
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / People with Disabilities
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Health & Fitness / Physical Impairments
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*Gold Medal Winner in the Sexuality / Relationships Category of the 2011 IPPY Awards*

* Honorary Mention in the 2010 BOTYA Awards Women's Issues Category *

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When all seems lost, where can hope be found?

Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams--she as a model and he as a lawyer--they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just six months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family.

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