Tasha Schuh began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew that the stage itself would steal her dream-and almost her life-during a rehearsal for the next big show.
"Gripping, inspiring and relevant! Tasha’s story is not just an incredible story of forgiveness, courage, perseverance and grace, it inspires you and I toward creating greater stories in our own lives. Thank you, Tasha for shining light on a better way for each of us in this challenging world! I heartily recommend this book!"
David Horsager, Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author & CEO Trust Edge Leadership Institute
"We all have dark moments, but sharing them openly and honestly with others can sometimes feel impossible. Tasha Schuh’s, My Last Step Backward, is an example of how one person’s journey can uncover the fear, heartbreak, and hope that come from a traumatic experience. Her story provides an authentic look into how one young person navigates extremes for which no one can be prepared, inviting us in to share and learn about what it means to be an inspiration through her own vulnerability."
Marci Glaus, English Language Arts Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
"My Last Step Backwards is brutally honest, undeniably captivating and an inspirational story that needs to be shared. Tasha makes you realize that even in tragedy and adversity you can find courage, humor and the gift you can give yourself: an amazing attitude."
Joe Schmit, Speaker, Author and Sports Director KSTP-TV
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My Last Step Backward - Revised Edition
After showcasing her talent as the lead in her high school's production of Grease, Tasha Schuh began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew that the stage itself would steal her dream-and almost her life-during a rehearsal for the next big show. Just days before her opening night performance in The Wizard of Oz, sixteen-year- old Tasha took one step backward and fell sixteen feet through a trap door. On that day, Nov. 11, 1997, she landed on the concrete floor of the historic Sheldon Theater, breaking her neck, crushing her spinal cord, and fracturing her skull. She would never walk again. For the next three days, Tasha prepared for a surgery that would at best leave her a C-5 quadriplegic. Post-op complications turned Tasha's struggle and ultimate triumph into an unbelievable journey. From loss and grief to self-discovery and achievement, Tasha's faith, resilience, and honesty have allowed her to leave the old Tasha behind while she confronts the new Tasha's life from a state of the art wheelchair. Discover Tasha's remarkable spirit in My Last Step Backward, a poignant memoir that seeks to inspire you to welcome adversity and face your own trap door of opportunity.