★★★★ Amazing book! Insightful, humorous, kind, open-hearted, and worth reading more than once! As a parent of a special needs child, this book gave me some alternative methods in detailing with my child on a daily basis, as well as encouraged me to add more laughter into my life. I know we all need that:-) I would highly recommend this book! –Maria Kendzierski, January 26, 2013
★★★★★ Camilla Downs has really written an exceptional book. She opens up about her own life so that she might truly help others find some insight into their own. I have had the privilege of belonging to a support group with her for children with chromosome 18 disorders and have found her posts there to be wonderfully supportive and hopeful and when I found out she wrote a book, I couldn’t wait to read it.
It was everything I thought it would be. As a mother to a four year old with special needs, it’ made me really think about my own life and relationship with my daughter. The one thing I have to say I took away from this book was the prevailing message throughout the book about “living in the moment’. Not letting outside distractions take away from what you’re doing or experiencing with your child or anyone else for that matter. It really hit home for me. How many times was I reading a book to my daughter and thinking about all kinds of other things or perhaps the tv was on in the background. I was reading the words but I wasn’t in the moment. I have become very conscious of that because of this book. I have had a tough time as of late with a lot of worries. I have a lot on my plate, but I now find myself sitting with my daughter and putting it all aside to really engage with her and with what we’re doing in that moment and it has made a huge impact. Learning to put aside all these distractions has made me more aware of her and even more in awe of what’s she’s learning and doing every day that I was before.
Thank you Camilla Downs for helping me to open my eyes. You have made an impact on my life and I’m sure the lives of many others. I am in the process of getting my degree in child development and I have now decided to focus on working with special needs families. You have inspired me to look into being certified as a special needs life coach. That is my ultimate goal. I would love to talk to you more about that sometime when I get closer to actually pursuing my certification. Thanks for all you do. You are an amazing woman, mother and spokesperson for so many. I wish you a long and prosperous career doing what you love. –Katelyn’s Mom – June 1, 2013
(Wade and I having coffee after he read the book. He sent a text telling me he’d read the book and wanted to meet for coffee to discuss it. I LOVED that y’all!)
★★★★★ Opportunism is generally regarded as a derogatory term that refers to people who will do anything for themselves. They have no core values beyond promoting their own needs. They contribute nothing to society.
In fact, opportunism is a great art that has been studied and practiced by many. Opportunism is a belief system that is eminently positive and powerful. It is a philosophy that says every event occurs for a reason and that it is within your capacity to see this reason as positive. When you complain and rail against circumstances, you fall out of balance with the the natural state of things; you wish things were D-i-f-f-e-r-e-n-t. What Camilla has done is to embrace Different to the point that she sees it as an Opportunity to the point where it can be likened to a fire that consumes everything in its path – ALL cirumstances become consumed in her mental heat and converted into O-p-p-o-r-t-u-n-i-t-i-e-s. Any man or woman who believes this cannot be hurt by anything or anyone. The age of the individual is NOT over – but needed now more than ever. Good Job Camilla and thanks for leaving a trail at a time when so many have come to rely on Hope as a Strategy for moving forward. Thanks for being You! – Wade Hodges – May 28, 2013
★★★★★ D iz for Different is a sincere and forthright book about a woman faced with a life path she never expected. Camilla Downs chronicles her experience as the mother of a special needs child with courage and candor. She writes about finding acceptance and learning to truly embrace her life, not in spite of its twists and turns, but because of them. This is an uplifting and helpful book for anyone whose life has not played out according to plan (i.e., everyone)! – Jenna S. – June 17 2012
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” -Albert Schweitzer
The screen shot above is the Gratitude List from page 2 and 3 of “D iz for Different“. During the books Kindle debut from April 28, 2013 – April 30, 2013, the book had about 2,500 downloads and reached #1 Best Seller in Special Needs Parenting and #2 Best Seller in Self Help Motivational on Amazon.
I am overflowing with gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen. All involved donated their time and services to help make this book a reality and all of YOU have helped spread the word. I deeply thank all y’all for helping me live my purpose, share my story and help others to see things differently.
The book is not only for those parenting someone with special needs, it’s for anyone who is struggling with acceptance, needs to align with the courage within, and/or someone struggling to see the gift in a situation. Thanks from the depths of my soul y’all! All my love. ♥