22-Year-Old Blind, Disabled Author to Appear Live on Radio Show

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Shirley Cheng, blind and disabled author of three books, will be appearing live on Starstyle-Be the Star You Are! with host Cynthia Brian on August 3 from 6:20 to 6:40 pm PDT. Cheng is the author of the gripping autobiography, The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine, revealing her inspirational light and the struggles and falsehood in American medical and school systems. http://www.shirleycheng.com

Author and poet Shirley Cheng (http://www.shirleycheng.com) will be appearing live on the radio program, Starstyle®-Be the Star You Are!with host Cynthia Brian, on Wednesday, August 3, 2005 at 6:20-6:40 pm PDT/9:20-9:40 pm EDT where Shirley will be interviewed about her books, with the focus on The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine. Join Shirley at http://www.worldtalkradio.com/show.asp?sid=118. Listeners can call in during the show: toll-free at 888-514-2100 in the US/Canada and 001-858-268-3068 around the world. The program will be archived at that site or people can listen live from another of the syndicated radio shows listed at http://www.star-style.com/radio/index.htm.

Shirley Cheng (b. 1983), a blind and physically disabled author and poet of three books by age twenty, was diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at only eleven months old. Due to years of hospitalization, she received no schooling until age eleven. Having achieved grade level in all areas after merely 180 days in a special education class in elementary school, she was transferred to a regular sixth grade class in middle school. Unfortunately, Shirley lost her eyesight at the age of seventeen. After a successful eye surgery, she hopes to earn science doctorates from Harvard University.

Shirley is also advocating parental rights in children's medical care to help today's loving parents protect and keep custody of their ill children. When doctors ask yes or no, parents should have the right to say no.

Shirley Cheng is the author of Daring Quests of Mystics, written and published at the age of twenty. Her autobiography, The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine: A Young Woman's Autobiography of a 20-Year Tale of Trials and Tribulations (ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2), was self-published at age twenty-one, as well as Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells (ISBN: 1-4116-1858-0), an anthology of inspirational and fantasy short stories and poems she had written between the ages of twelve and twenty-one. She had been published twice before her writing career. One of her short stories, Mary Miller, the Elusive Lady, was published by the Poughkeepsie Journal in 1997, and a poem, The Colors of the Rainbow, was published in Celebrate! New York Young Poets Speak Out in 1999.

Visit her website at http://www.shirleycheng.com and e-mail her at AuthorShirley@yahoo.com to learn more about her books.

"Why is it possible in America, the land of the free, that a parent cannot disagree with a doctor's recommendation for treatment? If they do, their child could be taken from them. Social Services can be called in. How could it also be possible for a hospital to take parents to court for intercepting unwanted treatment?" asked Christina Francine for Reviewer's Bookwatch on Midwest Book Review.

"Well, in this great nation supposedly run by the people for the people, parental rights aren't what they used to be. We all know people who neglect or abuse their children and intervention is necessary for them. This is not the same. Shirley Cheng's autobiography is about this injustice, about how she, a blind and physically disabled young woman with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and her mother were treated."

"Shirley's unique way of writing further provides readers with a window to her intelligence, insight, and nature. Her matter-of-fact, original style and ability to prove a point is powerful."

"Shirley Cheng offers a look into her world providing disturbing truths about America's medical and school systems. She reveals how some doctors lie on their patient's documents and when cannot offer a solution or diagnosis for a disease often label the victim as mentally ill or depressed. She tells of instances when in a hospital, a staff member turned on her room light in the middle of the night waking her to clean the room, and of when they wouldn't help her sit to relieve her bladder. This book tells of numerous astonishing situations that Shirley and her mother endured. The state of our medical, insurance, and parental rights needs a severe overhaul."

"A disturbing, and enlightening read. Authentic, honest, and profound. Will change reader's outlook."

At a glance

"The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine truly lives up to its title," said Rebecca Henderson for AllBooks Reviews.

Replete with fifty photographs, The Revelation of a Star's Endless Shine unveils the gripping, never before told tale of child prodigy Shirley Cheng--a blind and physically disabled victim and survivor of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) and more so of falsehood in American medical system--and her loving mother, Juliet Cheng. Enter a world of terrors, struggles, dreams, and triumphs in this true life story spanning twenty years as mother and daughter travel the world seeking care and compassion. From Shirley's painful diagnosis of JRA as an infant and the 1990 international news of Juliet's victory over injustice in her custody case, to their acceptance of a harsh and devastating fate, and the elation of Shirley's various academic and personal achievements, this autobiography will leave the reader inspired and thinking twice about life's true values and meanings.

At last, the truth of her life story is told through the eyes of Shirley as she brings you to live through all the hardships and exquisite happiness she has gone through from childhood to a blooming young woman. Experience her inexhaustible fortitude, sheer strength, and tenacious spirit as she reveals her endless shine.

ISBN: 1-4116-1860-2, Trade paperback

Available from online retailers and through Ingram. Autographed copies available from http://www.shirleycheng.com

"It's a story of amazing courage and human strengths, for someone to achieve so much, after having being deprived of so much is an awe-inspiring feat," wrote editor, author, and teacher Angela Hooper, Spain.

"The author proves to be a dazzling sequin of inspirational light," commented reviewer Sherry Russell.

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