Someone Like Me: An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy

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As a child, John Quinn had a dream of a naval career despite his affliction with cerebral palsy.After failing the physical exam, he underwent painful, self applied physical therapy for one year then successfully passed a second exam. He kept his cerebral palsy a secret from the record- keepers and medical authorities for 20 years. He had a distinguished and highly decorated career despite the pain he endured to appear normal.He served on board destroyers, a battleship, two aircraft carriers and functioned as an administrator for a Seal unit. The outside world also impacted on him further aggravating his CP when he was challenged by alcoholism and excessive grief caused by the suicide of a brother. With help, John Quinn triumphed over both, as he did the painful cerebral palsy.

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"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."


-General Richard (Butch) Neal, Assistant Commadant, United States Marine Corps, Retired


"Mighty Quinn"...well, that's what we called him...and still do...and I don't believe Bob Dylan would mind... His story is uncommonly unique and unquestionably inspirational, leaving readers no choice but to confirm that he is indeed...Mighty Quinn."

- Chris F. Jewett, Captain, United States Navy, Retired


"This book is a must for every physician, therapist, and other caregiver that treats individuals with cerebral palsy or any other disability. It also is a must for every young person who ever looked at a goal and thought it was just out of reach. Perhaps he or she should look again."


-Edward A. Hurvitz, M.D. Associate Professor and Chair James Rae Collegiate Professor. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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John Quinn was born with a partial paralysis, two different sized feet, and the inability to walk prior to age four. He failed the physical exam for the Navy and wIth painful, self-applied physical therapy, passed the second exam. He kept his condition a secret for 20 years and retired a highly decorated senior chief petty officer.

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