Michele's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Being You

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Canfield, OH

MICHELE GIANETTI

Author
I Believe in You: A Mother and Daughter's Special Journey

“Do it when it works for you and be proud of your accomplishments, whenever they may come. Lose the ‘have-to’s’ of a timeline.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Societal Pressures Struggle Dedication Success Support & Encouragement

FOUNDATION:

Upholding a Cause and Belief

TAGS:

acceptance, advocate, author, challenges, dyslexia, dyspraxia, family, guidance, journey, learning, learning disability, nursing, patience, positivity, pride, storytelling, success, support, therapy, writing

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Came from a medical family—her mom was a nurse, her father was a dentist, and all of her siblings pursued medicine.
  • She completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing with honors, then went into the community to begin working as a nurse.
  • When her daughter, Elizabeth, was born with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder, caring for her became Michele’s new “job.”
  • Dyspraxia affected Elizabeth’s motor skills and how she processed thoughts, while her sensory processing disorder made it difficult for her to tolerate sensations.
  • As a result of the two disorders, Elizabeth’s early years were mostly spent in tears.
  • At one point, her daughter looked at her and told her, “Mom, no one understands me.”
  • In order to give her daughter a “voice” of sorts, and to raise awareness of dyspraxia, she decided to write a book about Elizabeth.
  • Says she still gets frustrated sometimes, but little moments—like Elizabeth learning to ride a bike at age 18—help her find the good in each day.

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