Yes, I have something to share with you already. :) I have a book signing coming up this Friday, the 6th of October. It'll be my second signing at Borders Books & Music in less than two months. My first signing there (which was my first signing at a bookstore) was on August 12. My inspirational talk was very well-received; a teacher from a local high school even cried. So I've been invited back to hold another signing. Even though it was quite a small turnout (nine people, including my dear mother), I had a great time. Life is all about having fun and building happy memories with those you care about...I plan to have another happy moment to add to my memory book deep in my heart this Friday.
If you'll be by the area, please do stop by! Let your friends and family know. You'll be supporting a great cause.
Thank you...I certainly hope to "see" you there!
Here's the press release about the event...
To aid the blind and physically disabled victims of poverty, natural catastrophes, and medical and educational disadvantages in over 113 developing countries, Hudson Valley's author and poet Shirley Cheng will be holding a book signing and giving an empowering talk and donating some of the proceeds to Christian Blind Mission International. The book signing will be held at Borders Books & Music (1820 South Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, October 6, 2006. Her inspirational talk is titled "I'm Not Disabled, I'm Ultra-Abled" focusing on her autobiography, "The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine" and on her trials and tribulations and how she has overcome them with a bright attitude, coming out as a winner each and every time. The books she will sign include her inspirational autobiography "The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine" and "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2", which she co-authored with leading experts like Jack Canfield, John Gray, and Richard Carlson. Cheng will also take pre-orders for the latest installment in the bestselling "Wake Up...Live the Life You Love" series, to which she contributed, along with highly notable people including Carla and Lou Ferrigno, TV's the original "Incredible Hulk" and neighbor on the network television comedy show, "King of Queens"; Dr. Wayne Dyer; and Tony Robbins.
For more information about her book signing or to ask her to speak at your event, e-mail Cheng via http://www.shirleycheng.com
Being both blind and physically disabled herself, Cheng expresses a strong desire to help those who are not only stricken by hunger and wars but also by their disabilities. "Being blind or disabled is already hard enough without having to endure the suffering resulting from natural catastrophes or economic barriers. I have always wished to help anyone in need, and this is my chance to do so. I hope people will support me in this good cause," says Cheng.
Shirley Cheng, (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled author and poet of five books by age twenty-three, has had severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since only eleven months old. Owing to years of hospitalization, she received no schooling until age eleven. Having mastered grade level in all areas after only about 180 days of special education in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Cheng lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn multiple science doctorates from Harvard University.
"Although I'm blind, I can see far and wide; even though I'm disabled, I can climb high mountains," says Shirley Cheng. "Let the ropes of hope haul you high!"
Cheng is the author of "Daring Quests of Mystics" (ISBN: 1-4116-5664-4), a soothing read to relax the mind, body, and spirit; an empowering 700-page autobiography, "The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials and Tribulations" (ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2); and "Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells" (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0), an anthology of inspirational and fantasy short stories (fairy tales, fables, and myths) and poems for the heart from the heart.
With highly acclaimed experts like Dr. Wayne Dyer, Tony Robbins, and Brian Tracy, Cheng co-authored "Wake Up...Live the Life You Love: Finding Your Life's Passion, Second Edition," the latest installment in the bestselling "Wake Up...Live the Life You Love" series; she is also the co-author of "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2," along with leading experts Jack Canfield, John Gray, Richard Carlson, Alan Cohen, Bob Proctor, et al.
In "101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2," Cheng's chapter, "Dance with Your Heart: How to Befriend Your Heart and the World Around You," gently teaches the readers how to achieve spiritual affinity with themselves, then with others around them.
"I've made it one of my life's missions to touch as many people as I possibly can to bring humor, hope, and healing," says Shirley, whose personal motto is "A dancing heart teaches true."
She had been published twice before her writing career. One of her short stories, "Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady," received Honorable Mention and was published by the Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and a poem, "The Colors of the Rainbow," earned a merit status and was published in "Celebrate! New York Young Poets Speak Out" in 1999. At the start of the New Year 2006, Cheng tied for 1st place in the national writing contest for Be the Star You Are! founded by New York Times bestselling co-author, TV/radio personality Cynthia Brian. Cheng's winning entry, titled "The Jewel from Heavenly Father," is dedicated to her beloved mother Juliet Cheng, the cornerstone and light of her life, and it can be read on Cheng's site, http://www.shirleycheng.com
Cheng is also an advocate of parental rights in children's medical care, and aide/caregiver monitoring and screening for students with special needs and disabled people. As a parental rights advocate, she wants to help today's loving parents protect and keep custody of their children. "When doctors ask yes or no, parents should have the right to say no," says Cheng, who is the survivor of the 1990 five-month internationally broadcast news of her mother's custody case against a doctor. Juliet was on CBS This Morning with Paula Zahn.
Cheng promotes aide advocacy for the disabled because she was mistreated and abused by one-to-one aides when she attended public schools. "The trouble with the uncaring aides actually lies in the authorities," she says. "If they listened to my complaints and kept a close watch on the aides, I wouldn't have gone through all the suffering."
Cheng is available for interviews, speaking engagements, book signings, and inspirational events. She has been on over twenty radio shows, including Cynthia Brian's Be the Star You Are! for three times, The Donna Seebo Show, and Stu Taylor on Business. In 2004, Cheng was featured in World Journal, the largest Chinese national newspaper in North America.