Lonnie E. Shipe was born prematurely and with cerebral palsy. His prognosis was grim, and his doctors did not expect him to live, much less thrive. In Tie My Shoes, he shares a collection of stories and remembrances from his life, telling what it was like trying to function with a handicap in society.
Shipe chronicles a host of experiences and challenges such as dealing with dating, sexuality, self-worth, and depression to struggling with leg braces, crutches, a “funny” voice, painful leg cramps, bladder control, and an accident that resulted in a broken neck. His stories give insight into what it was like trying to be “normal” when his body was far from it. From attending public schools, to earning a master’s degree, and marrying and raising a family, this memoir discusses how his faith in God and the eternal support from his mother helped him succeed.
Positive and faith filled, Tie My Shoes offers a look into one man’s hopes and dreams; it showcases his hard work to overcome despite his physical barriers.