"To love and accept life is to love and accept Jehovah God." --Dr. Shirley Cheng. "The faith in Jehovah is my secret to happiness and fulfillment--everything else is just strategy!"
Dr. Shirley is interested in...
*Exchanging links with her site at www.ShirleyCheng.com (usually any Christian/inspirational/spiritual/motivational/health topics will do)
*Contributing to other people's books or other publications
*Speaking engagements, interviews, book signings, etc.
*Reviews for her books and she will give you full credits
*She's open to new ideas!
So contact Shirley via her site. Thank you!
Dr. Shirley Cheng, born in 1983, a blind and physically disabled award-winning author with twenty-seven book awards, proclaimer of Jehovah God's Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ, Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honor) graduate with Doctor of Divinity, motivational speaker, self-empowerment expert, poet, author of nine books, and contributor to over twenty books, is a miracle survivor with tremendous talents, an exceptionally tenacious spirit, and a colorful personality. She was diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at only eleven months old. She spent her early years in constant pain, confined to a wheelchair, and was hospitalized for many years while living between China and America until 1994. Unable to receive any form of education until her health was stabilized, Shirley started attending school at age eleven in a special education class in elementary school. Back then, she knew very little English, and her book knowledge was non-existent. However, she mastered grade level after approximately 180 days of attendance, and she immediately entered a regular sixth grade class in middle school.
Shirley has a voracious appetite for books, reading an average of six hundred pages (three books) daily, and has read over a total of two thousand books. Since sixth grade, she has received 100 on every NYS essay test, and stayed at the top of the class ever since. She was awarded for achieving the highest grade of 97 in Earth science in her eighth grade class. She was the Student of the Year and the Student of the Month, as well as a three-time winner of the National Reflections Program in visual arts. She has a passion for writing both prose and poetry. Two of her writings were published when she was fourteen and fifteen. One of her short stories, Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady, received Honorable Mention and was published by the Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and her poem, The Colors of the Rainbow, earned merit status and was published in Celebrate! New York Young Poets Speak Out in 1999.
Shirley was a contributor to her high school newspaper, providing artwork in tenth grade. She received a standing ovation when she delivered a speech as a candidate for student body vice president in ninth grade.
When her eyesight began to deteriorate at the beginning of tenth grade, she had to use two magnifying glasses, holding one on top of the other, on enlarged print to do her work throughout the year, including the artwork she provided for the school newspaper. In classes, she learned only by listening to her teachers, even with chemistry and math, as she was unable to see the blackboard; still she maintained excellent grades.
Unfortunately, Shirley completely lost her eyesight in April of tenth grade. She then received home-tutoring, and successfully completed all her schoolwork by using cassette tapes and tape recorders. She wrote and balanced long chemistry formulas and equations without vision or Braille (she cannot use Braille because of her severe arthritis). Her high school overall average was 97 (a 3.9 GPA without any advanced placement classes). But Shirley could not accumulate enough credits to receive a high school diploma from her school due to her vision loss. In 2002, she received her high school equivalency diploma. She took the entire GED test, including mathematical calculations, graphs, and an essay, in her head, and received a special recognition award for scoring an exceptionally high 3280. She was a student speaker at the GED graduation ceremony, and received a standing ovation for her speech.
Shirley became an author at age twenty, completing three books within one year. She wrote her books using a screen reader on her computer, typing with her two index fingers at the speed of about sixty words per minute. She successfully completed every self-publishing task, including formatting her manuscripts, on her own.
Shirley has an immense passion for life and is full of life and vigor. Despite her severe disabilities, Shirley has striven to overcome overwhelming obstacles and she is living the life she loves, while she empowers, inspires, and motivates others to do the same.
Shirley was brought up in a very simple, single-parent, Chinese-speaking family with no influence on education. She pursues her education on her own. She has extraordinary goals with the aspiration of attending college at Harvard University, where she plans to earn doctorates in microbiology, zoology, astronomy, physiology, and pathology, after a successful eye surgery.
A Few Aphoristic Words to Live by from Shirley Cheng...
Challenges are life's vaccines: they exercise your spirit to help you withstand high winds and equip your soul with the necessary tools to battle future storms.
I have received many of these vaccines; the obstacles have left numerous scars on my body in all shapes and sizes, but these marks have made me stronger and more invincible as I wait for the next high mountain to scale.
Dance with your heart! When you dance with your heart, you are dancing using your heart and dancing together with your heart, and in turn, you become a dancing heart. A heart that dances teaches true lessons, so dance with your heart to guide others to follow in your dance steps.
One who frets over the future has not learned from the past.
Smile often. Smile to yourself, even if there's no good reason. Smiling will warm you up, even when the days seem dreary. Frequently treat yourself to a big smile while working or frolicking; it is the sweetest treat you can give yourself, and the best part is that there are no calories!
Be your own true best friend and you will become a true best friend of the world.
There are always two roads to choose from in life: the road to happiness and the road to misery. The road to misery will only glue you to the same spot, so you will not have the desire, the motivation, to move forward; it will ultimately make your situation more miserable than it already is. I always choose the road to happiness because I know that's the only road where I can achieve my goals and take my giant steps forward.
If you do not let obstacles disable you, they will not disable you. Only you have the power to disable yourself or enable yourself.
You are the creator of your sunshine and the bringer of your storms.
When an obstacle is suddenly thrown your way, do not be blinded by its suddenness or strength. Instead, listen to your heart to find what good things you do have at the present or even the positive side of the challenge.
If there were no challenges in life, how could you name yourself a victor?
If there were no darkness, how could the stars appear so bright?
When you meet a new challenge or hardship, keep in mind that there is always someone out there who is in a much worse situation than you are in, so be thankful for what you have and who is around you.
I don't pretend that bad things don't happen nor do I ignore them. Instead, I focus on the good things I do have and the positive side of things, and I count my blessings every day. I love life and will never let anything get in my way of achieving my heart's desires. Life is how you respond to it, and I respond to bad situations with a positive, bright attitude. Why not love life? If you choose to be miserable, you will make things worse than they already are. By utilizing what you learn from your mistakes, you can make your present and future a bright
place in which to enjoy life.
Embrace the challenges you have faced because they have taught you lessons. What may seem to be a bad event may turn out to be something beneficial.
Weep not when the sun has set, for it has gone to warm the other world, and shall return in less than a day. Weep not when the rain has fallen, for it feeds souls in thirst, and washes all dirt away. And weep not when flowers have withered, for they have left their young to grow, and have enriched the soil with love.
Although I'm blind, I can see far and wide; even though I'm disabled, I can climb high mountains. Let the ropes of hope haul you high!"
Having a bad day? Then meet Shirley Cheng, A.K.A. the modern day Helen Keller, to inspire, empower, and motivate you to go for the gold medal in life!