Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir by Shenandoah ChefaloGarbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir by Shenandoah Chefalo

Garbage Bag Suitcase: A Memoir

byShenandoah Chefalo

Paperback | February 2, 2016

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Garbage Bag Suitcase is the true story of Shenandoah Chefalo’s wholly dysfunctional journey through a childhood with neglectful, drug-and alcohol addicted parents. She endured numerous moves in the middle of the night with just minutes to pack, multiple changes in schools, hunger, cruelty, and loneliness. 
Finally at the age of 13, Shen had had enough. After being abandoned by her mother for months at her grandmother’s retirement community, she asked to be put into foster care. Surely she would fare better at a stable home than living with her mother? It turns out that it was not the storybook ending she had hoped for. With foster parents more interested in the income received by housing a foster child, Shen was once again neglected emotionally. The money she earned working at the local grocery store was taken by her foster parents to “cover her expenses.” When a car accident lands her in the hospital with grave injuries and no one came to visit her during her three-week stay, she realizes she is truly all alone in the world. 
Overcoming her many adversities, Shen became part of the 3% of all foster care children who get into college, and the 1% who graduate. She became a successful businesswoman, got married, and had a daughter. Despite her numerous achievements in life though, she still suffers from the long-term effects of neglect, and the coping skills that she adapted in her childhood are not always productive in her 
adult life. 
Garbage Bag Suitcase is not only the inspiring and hair-raising story of one woman’s journey to over- come her desolate childhood, but it also presents grass-root solutions on how to revamp the broken foster care system.

Plagued and embarrassed by her name (a humiliation enhanced by a nomadic childhood that made it impossible to build lasting relationships), Shenandoah Chefalo developed a tough skin at an early age. Along the way she learned to deal with disappointment, push through discomfort, overcome adversity, and accurately gauge people, qualities...
Title:Garbage Bag Suitcase: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:196 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:Shenandoah Chefalo PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943995036

ISBN - 13:9781943995035


Table of Contents

Introduction Part One: What is NormalChapter 1-Oh Shenandoah Chapter 2-Accidents HappenChapter 3-Come On MarleneChapter 4-Hiding in the OpenChapter 5-Endless Amounts of First DaysChapter 6-I Think I May Be SinkingChapter 7-California DreamingChapter 8-If You're Crazy, Do You Know It?Chapter 9-O Father, Where Art Thou?Chapter 10-Skittish in SeattleChapter 11-This Place is DeathChapter 12-From Striving to ThrivingChapter 13-Murder Was the Case They Gave HimChapter 14-Birth & BreakdownChapter 15-Where There's Smoke, There's FireChapter 16-From Foster Care to King of ScotsPart Two: Figuring Out "Normal"Chapter 17-Relationships Aren't AutomaticChapter 18-You Can't Always Run, You Don't Always Have to HideChapter 19-The Real Cost of Foster CareChapter 20-Where the Rubber Meets the RoadAuthors NoteAcknowledgmentsResources