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When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered normal, she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart and in the process, sh When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered normal, she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart and in the process, she learns that being normal is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance. Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society."


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When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered normal, she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart and in the process, sh When LeeAndra Chergey is told that her son, Ryan, is no longer considered normal, she and her family are forced into a new way of handling the outside world. Together, Chergey s family and a team of carefully chosen therapists put in years of hard work, and eventually teach Ryan to speak and express emotions. Through it all, Chergey follows her heart and in the process, she learns that being normal is not nearly as important as providing your child with a life full of joy, love, and acceptance. Tender and candid, Make A Wish For Me is a story of accepting and tackling a disability stigmatized and misunderstood by society."

30 review for Make a Wish for Me: A Mother's Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Connie Mayo

    One of the benefits of living in the modern world is the heightened ability to connect with a community of people going through similar hardships. Blogs, websites, just plain Googling - but also the old fashioned book that you can now hear about and order through the magic of the internet. Make a Wish for Me is such a book - a life preserver available to other families grappling with the detonated hand grenade that is an autism diagnosis. Chergery has written a readable, personal and vulnerable One of the benefits of living in the modern world is the heightened ability to connect with a community of people going through similar hardships. Blogs, websites, just plain Googling - but also the old fashioned book that you can now hear about and order through the magic of the internet. Make a Wish for Me is such a book - a life preserver available to other families grappling with the detonated hand grenade that is an autism diagnosis. Chergery has written a readable, personal and vulnerable memoir that offers the feeling that you are not alone, and that there is hope - which is perhaps the most important ingredient in the mix. Note on the subtitle: "A Family's Recovery From Autism" does NOT imply that the author's son is cured of autism. I was told by a friend that the word "recovery" can sometimes imply that, but that is not the author's intended meaning.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Diana Paul

    The author’s very big heart, generous spirit, and love of family is inspiring! I became engrossed with her family's experience nurturing and delighting (at times) in Ryan, their autistic child’s journey from two-years old through his early pre-teen years. Make a Wish is a story of encouragement, support, and hope. The audience for this memoir is much wider than those who are sharing their lives with a child with autism. All readers who have had prejudice, narrow-mindedness, fear of the unknown, m The author’s very big heart, generous spirit, and love of family is inspiring! I became engrossed with her family's experience nurturing and delighting (at times) in Ryan, their autistic child’s journey from two-years old through his early pre-teen years. Make a Wish is a story of encouragement, support, and hope. The audience for this memoir is much wider than those who are sharing their lives with a child with autism. All readers who have had prejudice, narrow-mindedness, fear of the unknown, micro-aggressions, and institutional rejection will find the world described in Make a Wish compelling!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rupa Padaki

    Eye opener Loved how well Leeandra Chergey has taken us on her journey while dealing with this disorder. From the moment she wrote "it feels like he's died" i was hooked! I could and couldn't understand what she (as a mother) might have gone through when she first heard her baby was diagnosed with this condition. She emotes every single feeling of frustration, happiness, sadness and victory so well. I can't say I understand what she might have gone through but i now know what parents with behavi Eye opener Loved how well Leeandra Chergey has taken us on her journey while dealing with this disorder. From the moment she wrote "it feels like he's died" i was hooked! I could and couldn't understand what she (as a mother) might have gone through when she first heard her baby was diagnosed with this condition. She emotes every single feeling of frustration, happiness, sadness and victory so well. I can't say I understand what she might have gone through but i now know what parents with behavioral disorder kids go through and the millions of hurdles they face before seeing small victories. Extremely well written and a must read in my opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jill Hall

    "Make a Wish for Me" is a beautifully written memoir of heartbreak, perseverance and hope. After reading this book people from all walks of life will have a better understanding and compassion of the devastating toll it takes to raise an autistic child and find the best program for them. Congratulations to the Chergey family for their successes with Ryan and I hope he will continue to thrive and grow into a fulfilling life as he matures.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Mikita

    "Make a Wish for Me" is an honest, funny, loving and heartbreaking window into a parents struggle to help their son. Hope and perseverance are the drivers that deliver Ryan into his family's world. It is an enlightening read on the relentless journey LeeAndra and Dan take to help their son. This book will make you laugh and cry, and best of all have hope for children with autism.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Chergey

    This book is amazing, I am a part of this story my mother has written. It doesn't feel real reading it. I don't imagine my mom saying it, I can't imagine my dad giving a certain look at my mom. I get lost in it (in a good way). I lose myself in this book. It makes me cry, it makes me want to close the book and think about it but, at the same time it makes me want to keep reading, to want to get lost in it. It makes me curious. I know a certain part is coming that I know will make me cry, I try t This book is amazing, I am a part of this story my mother has written. It doesn't feel real reading it. I don't imagine my mom saying it, I can't imagine my dad giving a certain look at my mom. I get lost in it (in a good way). I lose myself in this book. It makes me cry, it makes me want to close the book and think about it but, at the same time it makes me want to keep reading, to want to get lost in it. It makes me curious. I know a certain part is coming that I know will make me cry, I try to prepare myself, but I still lose it. This book will make you cry, laugh, cry some more, and want to scream. This is a good pick to read to learn more about Autism, to learn about a family's point of view of a child with a disability. No one ever really thinks about the family, they think about the child. They don't know the family deals with it every single day. Maybe because I live it, I don't think about it either. I am a sister of an autistic child. I am a daughter of a mother who has an autistic son. This book will give you the inside look at what others deal with disabilities. It is highly recommended in my eyes to anyone curious, unable to understand, or just to understand it better. Excellent read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I entered this "First Read Giveaway" and glad that I did. Autism is not a subject that I honestly know much about so was really keen to learn more, especially from a "hands on" experience. I Loved how well Lee Andra Chergey explained and gave us an account of her journey while dealing with this disorder. I fell immediately hook, line and sinker into this book. Her style of writing had you compelled to read and find out as a family how they coped whilst dealing with Ryan and his autism. I myself an I entered this "First Read Giveaway" and glad that I did. Autism is not a subject that I honestly know much about so was really keen to learn more, especially from a "hands on" experience. I Loved how well Lee Andra Chergey explained and gave us an account of her journey while dealing with this disorder. I fell immediately hook, line and sinker into this book. Her style of writing had you compelled to read and find out as a family how they coped whilst dealing with Ryan and his autism. I myself an a mother and find it hard to understand how a mother deals with this, also whilst raising a family, working etc.... She delves into all sorts of feelings and frustrations, worries, sadness, determination, and is told in such an open and honest way. Extremely well written and a must read......I will recommend to anyone who needs insight into this disorder. Well done!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about the love of a family for their son with autism. They would go to any length to get help for him - which they did. The family, working with professional help daily made such a change in this boy. I could hardly put this book down and would recommend it to anyone. There is hope out there

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