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    Gisele Tackla

    I am a longtime friend of the Ferrinis and know them from the time Joey was born. I thought I understood what they were going through. As I read their book I was amazed at how WRONG I was! I had no idea of the sorrow, the sadness of what they were experiencing, which is in part due to my own ignorance, but also because they endured all of it without complaining. Sure, we shared tearful times...emotions must be expressed and released in healthy ways, but there was never a negative "poor me" kind of attitude with them. They persevered in faith, telling the One Who allowed their circumstances all about how they were feeling- the good, the bad and the ugly, I'm sure. Their story will inspire anyone struggling with the hard reality of an"unexpected journey" of any kind and will offer the hope one desperately needs in living out the heart wrenching course they have entered into. I know they probably won't allow this, but in many ways, they are my heroes.

    MaryJo Libal

    The Ferrini family sure has shown a great amount of faith and love in their lives and the lives of their friends and family. They are a humble, caring and easy to love. I am glad to be able to share in their family's life... I am glad to be Cindi's sister!!!

    Julie Holmquist

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! My husband and I have a 7-year-old special needs son (cerebal palsy and mentally retarded). We celebrate our son, but sometimes we struggle with the physical demands and the emotional toll it has taken on us. We are currently seeking the Lord how we can help others in their journey of grief to the final destination of acceptance and celebration. I heard you on Family Life Today and am looking forward to reading your book. Blessings to you and your family as you continue to light the path of those whose diagnosis was just given and are groping in the darkness.

    Julie Holmquist
    Omaha, NE

    Cindy DiDonato

    I am a grandmother of a special needs child. I bought the book you wrote. It describes ironically the issues that my children are going through with my grandson. They live in Olmstead Township. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsey and hipotonia. He is 3 and just learning how to walk with the help of hours of PT and equipment. Their insurance only covers 25 visits of PT and they need $20,000 just to finish the rest of the year. They applied for SSI to just cover medical costs. They do not want money. They were turned down "because the make too much money." How do people of special needs children cope with this? Were you able to recieve assistance from somewhere or know of anyone else that did? This is such a big concern for the parents. I believe that they are really falling apart both phisically and mentally.
    Sincerely, Cindy

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