Talk About "It"
Feeding Your Spirit
Nutrition and Movement
Dealing with Failure
Doing it Differently
Watching for Miracles
For Family and Friends
My wish For You
Welcome to Chasing-Normal.com
What would you do if you or a
loved one woke up tomorrow with a disability? How would you cope if you couldnít
do what you loved best in your spare time? How would you know what to do if
someone you loved needed your emotional support following the on-set of a new
These questions are quite fear
provoking and yet very real. Given that we have soldiers coming home daily
with permanent disabilities, these questions are multiplying exponentially in
Chasing Normal: A Guide for
the Newly Disabled and for Those Who Love Them provides a type of map and
answers these questions and more. In this book Dinah Chaudoir Federer discusses
"Talking about the ĎBig ITí", "Silently Screaming"-dealing with fear, "Feeding
Your Spirit", "Releasing Resistance" and other easy to follow topics. Itís
written conversationally rather than formally to make it less threatening.
Chasing Normal: A Guide for
the Newly Disabled and for Those Who Love Them is meant to help the newly disabled especially, and their families calm down, get centered and take their individual journey one step at a time. As she says in her book, becoming disabled is like being dropped in the middle of a foreign country and told to find your way home. Chasing Normal is meant to act as a compass on this often overwhelming path.
If you do a topic search youíll
see there are plenty of textbooks discussing the "issues", there are many
written by parents, and there are some personal stories. Dinah's experience can
tell you that the "average Joe" in crisis will not read a textbook.
Concentration flies out the window when youíre terrified. Further, this same
"Joe" wonít care about a parentís theory or even othersí stories unless thereís
some good, simple advice. Chasing Normal: A Guide for the Newly Disabled and
for Those Who Love Them will do this without adding to their overwhelm.
Dinah has worked in the field of
rehabilitation for 20 years, and is currently a vocational rehabilitation
counselor for the disabled. She was born with Charkot-Marie-Tooth (CMT), an inherited neurological condition that affects the nerves and weakens the muscles in the extremities,
forcing her to walk with crutches. At age 35, she was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, which causes intense electrical shock-type pain in the nose, lips, and eyes. Consequently, she has unique insight into the experiences of those who grow up with a disability as well as what people go thru when they acquire a disability later in life.
As a disabled adult herself, her on-going message is blunt and hopeful: THERE IS LIFE AFTER DISABILITY AND IT DOESNíT HAVE TO SUCK!!
believe that we, the
disabled, need to stop
celebrate who we are
and who we are
each other as we go."
"If you feel angry,
depressed.... I can tell
completely normal and
Dinah Chaudoir Federer