Shirley Cheng’s New Autobiography Reveals Truth Behind Headlines of Juliet Cheng’s 1990 International News Custody Case with Doctor
Wappingers Falls, NY (PRWEB) July 13, 2005
Fifteen years after her mother’s victory over injustice, Shirley Cheng (http://www.shirleycheng.com), a blind and physically disabled author of three books, has authored her 700-page autobiography, “The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine: A Young Woman’s Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials & Tribulations,” to tell the world the horrific trials and tribulations experienced by both her mother and herself, revealing many pitfalls in American medical and school systems. Along with the eye-opening accounts, Shirley shares words of encouragement and enlightenment, telling others that there will always be light at the end of the dark tunnel.
In July of 1990, on the morning of Friday the thirteenth, Shirley Cheng, a seven-year-old child with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, was forcefully and wrongly taken away from her mother Juliet Cheng by Connecticut Child Protective Services. The reason for the custody loss? Juliet did not agree to have Shirley operated on six of her joints at once when Shirley did not even have any medicine to control her inflammation. The five-month custody battle between the mother and the doctor–and her victory–gained international attention and support. The case was reported on The Associated Press, The New York Times, Newsweek; and Juliet and her lawyer–a former mayor of Hartford, Connecticut, for eleven years–appeared on CBS This Morning.
Replete with fifty photographs, “The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine” unveils the gripping, never before told tale of child prodigy Shirley Cheng–a blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and more so of falsehood in American medical system–and her loving mother, Juliet Cheng. Enter a world of terrors, struggles, dreams, and triumphs in this true life story spanning twenty years as mother and daughter travel the world seeking care and compassion. From Shirley’s painful diagnosis of JRA as an infant and the 1990 international news of Juliet’s victory over injustice in her custody case, to their acceptance of a harsh and devastating fate, and the elation of Shirley’s various academic and personal achievements, this autobiography will leave the reader inspired and thinking twice about life’s true values and meanings.
ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2, Trade paperback
Available from online retailers and through Ingram. Autographed copies available from http://www.shirleycheng.com
Selected reviews of “The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine”
“Why is it possible in America, the land of the free, that a parent cannot disagree with a doctor’s recommendation for treatment? If they do, their child could be taken from them. Social Services can be called in. How could it also be possible for a hospital to take parents to court for intercepting unwanted treatment?” asked Christina Francine for Reviewer’s Bookwatch on Midwest Book Review. “Well, in this great nation supposedly run by the people for the people, parental rights aren’t what they used to be. We all know people who neglect or abuse their children and intervention is necessary for them. This is not the same.”
“Shirley’s unique way of writing further provides readers with a window to her intelligence, insight, and nature. Her matter-of-fact, original style and ability to prove a point is powerful.”
“She reveals how some doctors lie on their patient’s documents and when cannot offer a solution or diagnosis for a disease often label the victim as mentally ill or depressed. She tells of instances when in a hospital, a staff member turned on her room light in the middle of the night waking her to clean the room, and of when they wouldn’t help her sit to relieve her bladder.”
“The state of our medical, insurance, and parental rights needs a severe overhaul.”
“A disturbing, and enlightening read. Authentic, honest, and profound. Will change reader’s outlook.”
“The Revelation of a Star’s Endless Shine truly lives up to its title,” said Rebecca Henderson for AllBooks Reviews.
“It’s a story of amazing courage and human strengths, for someone to achieve so much, after having being deprived of so much is an awe-inspiring feat,” wrote editor, author, and teacher Angela Hooper, Spain.
About Shirley Cheng
Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled author and poet of three books by age twenty, was diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at only eleven months old. Due to years of hospitalization between America and China, she received no schooling until age eleven. Having achieved grade level in all areas after about 180 days in a special education class in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Ever since, she had been a high honor student, and her high school overall average is 97 (3.9 GPA with no AP factors). Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.
Shirley now advocates parental rights in children’s medical care to help today’s loving parents protect and keep custody of their ill children. When doctors ask yes or no, parents should have the right to say no.
Shirley Cheng is also the author of “Daring Quests of Mystics,” and “Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells” (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0). She had been published twice before her writing career.
Visit her website at http://www.shirleycheng.com
Shirley Cheng will be appearing live on Starstyle–Be the Star You Are! radio show with host Cynthia Brian on Wednesday, August 3 at 9:20 to 9:40 p.m. EDT to talk about her books. Listen live at http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=118
Shirley’s interview on Global Talk Radio is archived at http://www.GlobalTalkRadio.com/shows/astorytotell
“Although I’m blind, I can see far and wide,” says Shirley. “Even though I’m disabled, I can climb high mountains. Let the ropes of hope haul you high!”
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