I have an exceptional daughter. I don’t like to call her “special, handicapped, different or the cruelest word yet, “retarded.” I like to call her exceptional because she is exceptional in each and every way. I have been asked many times, “What was it like being told you had a special daughter?” “What was your first feeling about it?” What is it like raising her now? “What are the challenges and difficulties you encounter with her every day?”
I hope “A Different Journey” is the answer to all those questions. I have tried to present the joys and sorrows of raising an exceptional child in an honest and forthright manner. I have not sugar-coated the experience nor do I think I have glorified it. I have no exaggerated nor dramatized the events. I have simply told my story. And if it helps someone raising an exceptional child, or any child for that matter, the effort and time I have dedicated to this book will be well spent.
Beatrice Brusic was born in Bolivia, South America. Her first memoir “Beyond the Snows of the Andes” explores that aspect of her life in detail from the time she was ten years old to seventeen when she emigrated to America. Her second memoir “A Different Journey” explores the second part of her life residing in America, a life that includes marriage, giving birth to a special daughter, and divorce. Ms. Brusic made her living as a legal assistant, working for top law firms in New York City, another aspect that’s fully explored in “A Different Journey.”