With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane Burcaw's Laughing at My Nightmare describes the challenges he faces as a 21-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy. From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. While he does talk about everyday issues that are relatable to teens, he also offers an eye-opening perspective on what it is like to have a life threatening disease.
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"Insightful and unflinchingly honest"
This book will stay in my mind for a long time. I want to thank Shane Burcaw for his unflinching honesty about painful and intimate parts of his life. I've read a number of memoirs/autobiographies, and I don't think I've seen this level of honesty before. He's willing to discuss his insecurities, his deepest fears, his shortcomings--and also his hopes, and the people he loves--all made fascinating through the lens of a debilitating disease that affects not only him, but also his family and friends.
I'm researching SMA for a series of science fiction books I'm writing. This memoir fulfilled my research needs and then some. I feel as if I have a much better understanding of what this disease is about and how it affects those who have it.
"finished in one day. it's that good!"
I have a 7 yr old with SMA type 2. this book made me laugh and cry probably an equal amount. I learned a lot too. great book. well written. great narration. highly recommended!!
very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very funny and nice and a really eye opener
"Laughing at my Nightmare"
I loved it! Great uplifting read! Laughing at my Nightmare was funny, moving, and full of sprit.
I feel like I have to meet Shane Burcaw at some point in my life now! I've never read anything that honest in my life.
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