By: Barbara M. Schuck
Xlibris. 1663 Liberty Drive, Suite 200, Bloomington, IN 47403, 978-147975081663 Liberty Drive Suite 200. Bloomington, IN 47403. 94, $ 15.99, 2012, 74 pages
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Overpowering the Obstacles – Traveling Together on Jared’s Path – An Amazing Journey of Courage and Persistence
Barbara M. Schuck details the lessons she learned while traveling together with her special needs son along “Jared’s Path.” This amazing journey of love, courage, and persistence is written to “let others know what we went through, or what we are still going through” and to give others hope and encouragement in their journey as a caregiver of a child with special needs.
The story opens with an account of Barbara’s pregnancy, the excitement of her son’s birth, and the medical trials that followed. Jared has experienced digestive problems, generalized seizures, respiratory distress, cerebral palsy, cataracts, atypical autism, and bone fractures, and all before he was four years old.
As a licensed and experienced foster care provider and Certified Nurse Assistant
Barbara has helped other parents with their special child as she shares lessons she has learned while helping Jared. Through Jared’s story Barbara shares her concern that:
- Every child should have the chance to be happy and have the best quality of life possible.
- Every child needs unconditional love.
- I want to give others hope and encouragement and to stay on a positive path.
Barbara chronicles the trials and miracles of Jared’s growing up years with an open candidness that is both heartwarming and haunting. Today Jared is becoming a young man. His story is awe-inspiring and challenging a reminder to the reader that life is a precious gift.
A complimentary copy of this review was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.