Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Sharing the Stories Behind the Cover

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by Glenda at 2:06 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'll Do It Myself by Glenda Watson Hyatt

Nancy Cleary of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. did an awesome job in creating the cover for my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself. I was amazed and emotional when she emailed the mock-up! The cover captures so many aspects of my life.

Since the book has been out for over a year already (where does the time go?), I figured it is time I share the story behind each photo included on the cover.

A young Glenda standing at her walker

While in Kindergarten, each time I walked down the hall for occupational therapy, I was allowed to choose an artificial flower from a large cardboard box to fasten to my walker. Once my walker was covered in flowers, they were removed and I began again. Adults will use almost anything to bribe kids!

A young Glenda sitting in her red wheelchair, wearing her Brownie uniform with a smile across her face

I loved the Brownie Smile Song:

I’ve got something in my pocket that belongs upon my face,
I keep it very close to me in a most convenient place

I’m sure you couldn’t guess it if you guessed a long, long while.
So I’ll take it out and put it on – it’s a great big Brownie Smile!

Glenda riding in an equestrian class

Excerpt from I’ll Do It Myself:

Being atop a horse, I could separate myself from my wheelchair, which, although it enables me mobility, it symbolizes my disability. People instantly know I have a disability when seeing me in my wheelchair, and they approach (or avoid) me based on the stereotypes, assumptions and misconceptions they have about people with disabilities. On the horse, at first glance they do not see my cp in all its jerky, gross, misunderstood ways. For that brief moment, until they take a closer look or interact with me, my disability does not exist. They simply see me. That is the sense of freedom I feel atop of the horse.

On this day I won the gold medal at the BC Summer Games!

Glenda receiving her degree

After seven long years at Simon Fraser University atop Burnaby Mountain, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in psychology and a minor in communications!

Newly married Glenda and Darrell sitting on a park bench, kissing

Our wedding day! Need I say more?

Kayaking for the first time! My brother-in-law Todd did most of the padding and kept us fair close to shore, just in case. That was an awesome day!

Glenda holding a puppy on her lap

So many people have asked me who is the cute dog on my bookcover That is Hailey, my sister-in-law Daphne’s rat terrier puppy – a real sweetie! (Daphne is a sweetie too!)

Ain’t life grand!

Update: Now available on the Amazon Kindle!

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Comment by Joanna Young

January 22, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

Glenda, thanks for sharing the story behind the photos.

I’ve got a copy of the book – but haven’t had a chance to read it yet! – and am really looking forward to launching the British book tour with you in a few days

Joanna

Comment by Karla Meachem

January 22, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

Glenda,

Thanks for sharing the stories behind the pictures; I especially love your wedding picture. :)

I also love how you explained the sense of FREEDOM that comes from being out of the wheelchair…very well written!

You must have felt pretty free on the kayak as well; cheers to empowerment!!!

I agree; life is GRAND!!!

Comment by Wyatt Song

January 23, 2008 @ 6:44 am

I like the kindergarten one and the wedding photo, very touching. Also the happy smile in the last photo is so very infectious!

Comment by Cheryl

January 25, 2008 @ 6:44 pm

I didn’t know you ride horses. A barn is the happiest place in the world as far as I’m concerned (sorry Disney).

Comment by Eugenia

February 4, 2008 @ 6:52 pm

Thank you for describing the pictures. I received your book last week and already finished reading it. I enjoyed reading it and found it very inspirational.
I have a beautiful and happy 3 year old boy that has Quad CP. You have accomplished so much and you will accomplish so much more!
I can’t wait to see you one day in the Oprah show and the Larry King show.

Comment by Stephen

February 5, 2008 @ 8:39 am

Hi. I found your site through following links from other sites and I’m glad I did.

I just wanted to say that your Kindergarten picture really took me back to my childhood. It touched me greatly. I could be the person in that picture (a male version :) ). Thanks for sharing it.

Hope you don’t mind but I’ve started following your tweets although I’m not much of a Twitterer to be honest.

Best wishes
Stephen.

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