Dennis: You have a web site www.shirleycheng.com. There is a wealth of information available on your site. Please give an overview of your site.
Shirley: Visitors to my site can expect to be empowered, inspired, and motivated by much of the content on my site, including empowering radio show and print interviews, as well as an archive of my monthly newsletter Inspiration from a Blind. My site also has excerpts, reviews, and ordering information for my published books. Visitors there have the opportunity to sign my parental rights petition to support my cause. People can also learn when and where I will have my next public appearance or radio interview.
Dennis: You have a passion about Parental Rights in Children's Medical Care. Explain how you came to devote yourself to this cause.
Shirley: In America, parents risk losing custody of their children forever when they disagree with doctors' recommended treatments or even when they want a second opinion. This injustice has victimized numerous parents and children in the past decades. My mother Juliet Cheng was one such parent whose child was forcefully taken away, not once but twice. She lost custody of me after disagreeing with doctors' recommended treatments--treatments that would have sent me to my grave. Fortunately, she won me back both times. Therefore, I have become an advocate of parental rights in children's medical care to help today's loving parents protect and keep custody of the children of our future. When doctors ask yes or no, parents should have the right to say no!
Dennis: How can someone become involved in the Parental Rights in Children's Medical Care cause?
Shirley: There are a few ways people can support me in my parental rights advocacy cause. First, they can sign my petition found on my site. It is the link under "News Flash!" toward the top of the page. Second, people can contribute to my parental rights book. Information is on http://www.shirleycheng.com/submission.html Do not hesitate to e-mail me if you have any questions. Above all, people can start their own advocacy and spread this information to others in their community, to make parents aware of the legal consequences of medical dissent and to put an end to this injustice.
Dennis: Another cause you devote yourself to is aid/caregiver monitoring and screening for students with special needs and people with disabilities. How can people get involved with this cause?
Shirley: People can get together in their own communities and really put some pressure in their schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and any other facilities that are prone to have mistreatment, abuse, and neglect. Officials have to first hire those who are not only capable to be caregivers but also kind and caring. Then they should constantly monitor how these caregivers and aides care for their patients or students. And voices of patients and students should not be ignored but instead should be heard. When I was being mistreated in school, officials ignored my voice and I kept on hurting. I had aides ranging from incompetent to unloving and everything in between, including ones who came to school very drunk, ill, giving me their illnesses.
Dennis: You have a newsletter titled Inspiration From a Blind. Please give an overview of this newsletter and how others may subscribe to it.
Shirley: Inspiration from a Blind is sent out monthly on the first. I often include a short inspirational no-nonsense article in the beginning to make readers think twice about life's true values and meanings. Then I include any updates I have regarding my own book life, such as new books coming out and public appearances. Once in a while, I will also have subscriber-only special offers. People can subscribe to the free newsletter by sending a blank e-mail to email@example.com with "newsletter" in the subject line. They can unsubscribe anytime, and their information will not be shared with anyone.
Dennis: You have overcome many hardships throughout your life. You story is an inspiration to others. What obstacles have you faced but had the courage and desire to continue to write and do speaking engagements?
Shirley: The series of mountains I've encountered in life began with the diagnosis of severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was only eleven months old. I spent my early years in constant pain. Some days, I couldn't even sit up or move a muscle, and had knocked on death door many times. My mother brought me to China six times to seek treatment, and once in China, I was able to walk for a whole year while receiving effective shots combined with massage therapy. Unfortunately, the quality of the shots went downhill, so my walking days ended. I've already mentioned the two custody cases my mother and I had gone through in America, as well as the unpleasant experiences I had with my one-to-one aides in school. At age seventeen, I lost my eyesight, but that has not stopped me from loving the life I live. I will always go for the goal medals in life, and nothing and no one can ever stop me.
Dennis: You have great links to many sites on your web site: How did you find the sites that are listed?
Shirley: During my career, I have been browsing the web for publishing related sites and services, and have come across some great sites, so I added them to my site. I also met authors who are interested in swapping links with me. I am always looking to exchange links, so drop me a note via my site.
Dennis: You have several books. Please give an overview of the books Waking Spirit and Dance With Your Heart and where people may purchase them.
Shirley: Both my books Waking Spirit: Prose & Poems the Spirit Sings and Dance with Your Heart: Tales and Poems That the Heart Tells are collection of poetry and prose; Waking Spirit has nonfictional prose while Dance with Your Heart has fictional short stories, including fairy tales, fables, and myths. Both books empower people to love and appreciate life and all life has to offer. Waking Spirit is an award-winning finalist as well as an honorable mention in two national book contests. All of my books are available from my site http://www.shirleycheng.com as autographed. They are also available through Ingram, from Amazon.com (and their international sites) and BN.com Any bookstores and libraries can order them through Ingram.
Dennis: You have co-authored books with such well known writers as Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Jack Canfield and others. What was the process of getting connected with these writers?
Shirley: I have been invited to contribute to these books both times, either by one of the co-authors or the series creator. I haven't connected with the notable authors and experts personally.
Dennis: Your co-authored books titled Wake Up...Live the Life You Love: Finding Life's Passion and 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2. Please give an overview of these books.
Shirley: Wake Up...Live the Life You Love: Finding Life's Passion and 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2 contain inspirational articles and nonfictional short stories filled with each author's wisdom, insight, motivation, and personal experiences, to help readers improve their lives. 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2 has 101 articles by 101 self-improvement experts on dozens of different self-growth topics. If you want to achieve spiritual affinity and ultimately the success and fulfillment that come with it, then read my own chapter, Dance with Your Heart: How to Befriend Your Heart and the World Around You, in 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2. Celebrate Your Existence, for It Is Your Privilege! is my contribution in the Wake Up... book, which is an installment in the bestselling Wake Up...Live the Life You Love series. Both books are available as autographed via my site.
Dennis: Is there anything that you would like to add to this interview?
Shirley: I would like to urge others to dance with your heart! When you dance with your heart, you are dancing using your heart, and you are dancing together with your heart, and as a result, you become a dancing heart yourself to lead others in your dance steps so they can dance with their hearts as well. Hopefully, the entire world can dance with their hearts by the end...
Lastly, to all the readers out there: If you know any good eye surgeon who is both kind and skilled, please by all means let me know! If I can't find Mr. Right, let me at least find Dr. Right! Please contact me via my site: http://www.shirleycheng.com
Thank you so much for giving me this great opportunity to share with others a bit of my life story. I've made it one of my life's missions to touch as many people as I possibly can to bring humor, hope, and healing; this interview will help me fulfill my goal, for which I'm most appreciative.