If one looks to define courage and perseverance then 33-year-old Sherma Lindsay Thomas is a living testament. Sherma was born prematurely at 7 months and shortly after was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way). CP usually is caused by brain damage that happens before or during a baby’s birth, or during the first 3 to 5 years of a child’s life.
Growing up, Sherma was not able to access public education because there were no schools in Saint Lucia to accommodate children with her condition. However, her family ensured that shewas home schooled to afford her the opportunity to acquire the knowledge of a scholar; Sherma developed a love for writing and started putting her thoughts to paper in her early teens.
In 2004, she combined her short stories into her first book. Despite her challenges, she has written a total of five books. Her inspiration for her stories comes from a love for story-telling, travel experiences and her favourite television programmes.
Sherma’s books are presently being sold at 758 St. Lucia Books Store at Alliance Francaise and will soon be available on Amazon.com. Her published titles include:
Shermalin’s Book of Stories Part I and II
The Five Golden Stories
The Vacation of a Lifetime
True dreams and the Friends made along the way
Excerpt from Shermalin’s Book of Stories Part II
Story Two (America has St. Lucia’s Treasure)
Alice overheard the captain talking to one of the crewmembers about a buried treasure under the sea. He said that he wanted to go in search of the treasure. Alice went to tell her brother what she had over-heard.
They were interested in hearing the full story about the treasure and so they went to ask the captain about it.
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