ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – An Alaskan author – who became a quadriplegic from muscular dystrophy – is publish his third book after using only his voice to write it.
Adam Freestone is an author and storyteller, and he happens to be in a wheelchair. Freestone has lost the use of his limbs due to his illness and wants to prove that disabilities shouldn’t stop people from achieving their dreams. Despite the deficiencies of his body, his mind has no such limitations.
“I hope the story inspires children or people with disabilities,” Freestone said.
Freestone was born with the neuromuscular disease, but it wasn’t until he was around 10 years old that it started to affect him. Over the years, he enjoyed playing video games and even considered himself to be quite good at it. In 2017, the muscles in the hands began to deteriorate. Once he almost completely lost the use of his hands, he began to devote himself to his writing.
“Over time my hands got weaker and weaker until I couldn’t play games anymore,” Freestone said. “So I was looking for something else to do and I had all these story ideas so I started learning to write.”
For Freestone, the loss of old dreams allowed new ones to slip away. He started teaching himself to write through textbooks and found a way to put the vivid images in his head onto paper. Since 2019, he has published two books out of a series of four. Its lack of flexibility to type on portable devices makes the physical act of writing a daunting task. Freestone must compose his books through a text chat program. He struggles to speak due to his fan, so the process can be tedious, but while it may take longer, Freestone feels the effort is worth it if he can connect people without seeing each other.
“If I can do it with all the problems I have, I was hoping to show that maybe they can do it and they shouldn’t give up just because they’re in a wheelchair,” Freestone said. .
In Freestone’s Sentinel Flame series, he has already released “Hyroc” and “Tree of Memories”. His characters are a loose representation of himself, someone who stands out. Inspired by CS Lewis and JK Rowling, he uses his colorful imagination to create fantasies. He is currently working on the finishing touches for his third book, which is due out this fall. For Freestone, being a quadriplegic isn’t the end of his life, it’s just another beginning.
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