I Came—I Stayed

The True Story of My Life with Cerebral Palsy

by Arlene Sollis



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/14/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 248
ISBN : 9781491742723
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 248
ISBN : 9781491742716
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 248
ISBN : 9781491742709

About the Book

When Arlene Sollis was born with cerebral palsy in 1935, the doctor advised her parents against taking her home. He said she would never function on her own—that she would be mentally handicapped and unlikely to survive beyond the age of ten. Her quality of life, the doctor said, would be minimal at best, and so he recommended that she be sent to an institution, where she would be taken care of.

Her mother refused, instead taking Arlene home with her. And all of the doctor’s predictions turned out to be false. Arlene turned out to be a bright child with a true zest for life. Although she has certainly faced struggles and difficulties in her life, she grew to adulthood and eventually became a special education teacher. She dedicated her life to promoting the rights of all disabled people, receiving many awards and citations for her work.

This memoir tells the true and inspiring story of Arlene’s life, following her from birth until the present and recalling her childhood, teaching career, progression of her condition, and retirement.

About the Author

Arlene Sollis is a retired special education teacher and advocate for disability rights. She was born with cerebral palsy in 1935. She received an associate’s degree in occupational therapy from Manchester Community College in Connecticut and went on to receive her BS in special education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has been living in Spring Hill, Florida since 2012.