Man Defeats Pain, Joins U.S. Navy and Climbs the Ranks, Every Painful Step a Secret

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John Quinn born with cerebral palsy, endures intense pain, prepares one year for Navy physical and succeeds. Keeps CP a secret to avoid medical dismissal and climbs the ranks while dealing with other painful challenges of life. He tells his story in new book "Someone Like Me"

And amazing was John Quinn’s success. Pain challenged his every step and he never faltered receiving numerous citations and awards.

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John Quinn was born with cerebral palsy. He couldn’t walk before he was four years old and when he could walk, every step was painful. He learned to live with pain and when he tried to do something more than just walk, the pain was intense. But John Quinn wanted to be someone more than a man struggling with CP. He wanted to join the U.S. Navy.

His big brother had been a sailor and John Quinn wanted to be like him. But the Navy didn’t want him. He failed the physical because he couldn’t do the duck walk.The Navy records did not indicate that he had cerebral palsy, the records maintained that he couldn’t walk like a duck. So John Quinn underwent self -applied physical therapy which drove his pain threshold to a thin-air level. Every day for a full year without break, he put his legs in a pain-inducing harness and learned to walk like a duck. His new book "Someone Like Me. An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy" tells of his ordeal and the remarkable years that followed.

John Quinn not only learned to walk like a duck but learned how to deal with a new intensity of pain. It enabled him to get in the U.S. Navy, keep secret his cerebral palsy a cause for medical dismissal, and have a 20 year career while climbing the ranks to senior chief petty officer. Retired Marine General Richard Neal, Quinn’s one-time commanding officer said “ 'Someone Like Me' will serve as an inspiration to a lot of people, not only those with CP, but just ordinary folks who want to read about someone who overcame adversity and succeeded in a most amazing way.”

And amazing was John Quinn’s success. Pain challenged his every step and he never faltered receiving numerous citations and awards. Physical pain, however, was not John Quinn’s only challenge. He learned to deal with emotional pain as a child when taunts and muffled laughter followed him as he walked with disjointed gait. He suffered intense spiritual pain when his brother committed suicide and he suffered the soul- searing pain and career- threatening envelopment of alcoholism that began when he frequently joined his buddies at the bar, to be “normal.”

John Quinn’s amazing story is of a man who not only accepted the challenges given to him by life, but of a man who defeated them and would not accept the limitations set for him by others. It is a book of the unconquerable human spirit.

"Someone Like Me, An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy," 9781933909745, Chronology Books, History Publishing Company LLC, pub date April 25, 2010 will be in bookstores nationally and on internet sites worldwide.

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