My Extraordinary Life
by Monica Sucha Vickers
About the author
I was born in Kansas in 1954. I was missing both legs and my right arm, likely the result of thalidomide. I was raised in Nebraska, graduated from Syracuse High School in 1972 and from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1976. I traveled from Nebraska to California after college and found a job as a medical transcriptionist one month later. I worked in the medical transcription field for 40+ years as a transcriptionist, proofer, business owner, mentor, quality coach and instructor. I retired in late 2014.
I married my husband, Mike, in 1989. We celebrated our 29th anniversary in October 2018.
My hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, embroidery, television and shopping. Some of my favorite TV shows include Grey’s Anatomy, CSI (all, including Cyber), Criminal Minds, Everybody Loves Raymond, Survivor and the Amazing Race.
About the book
My Extraordinary Life is an inspirational, heartwarming and motivational anthology revealing a challenging journey of my life. I was born missing both legs and one arm, likely the result of thalidomide.
This is the story of my life from birth through childhood, artificial limbs, surgeries, high school, college, employment, dating, marriage, and everything in between. There are discussions on what not to do when you meet a disabled person and how to react when children awkwardly point. I offer some observations on how to get through days that are not so fun. This book will show readers how living with a disability is simply a lifestyle—it doesn’t make one courageous, brave, or heroic. Disabled people are very good at knowing what they can and cannot do. Knowing these limitations helps one look at the bright side of things and make life meaningful and useful. Readers will learn how to embrace life’s trials and pains because, quite simply, there really is no alternative. This book evokes the true meaning of hope and endurance. It also expresses positivity and acceptance.
My Extraordinary Life is a deeply inspirational non-fiction book that is very well written, eloquent and confident, offering a great spiritual adventure. Readers of all ages will surely be delighted and inspired through the expressive and enlightening pages of this book.
Through my grandmother’s eyes, I can see clearly
The way things used to be,
The way things ought to be,
The way things really are.
Long ago, my grandma thought I should write a book about my life. For years, I wondered, “What’s so special about my life?” I finally got it. I was physically very different. In this book, I tell of my many struggles and many successes. For the first time, I share my innermost thoughts on life as a triple amputee. This book is the story of my life. It describes the life of a congenital triple amputee who overcomes incredible odds and finds happiness. This life was quite ordinary and yet, the more one reads into the story, it was nothing short of extraordinary.
Monica Sucha Vickers
December 13, 2019