At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to my family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents’ extraordinary support, encouragment, and pure love were my foundation as I navigated life, overcame obstacles, and achieved successes as a young woman with cerebral palsy. I have to pay full tribute to my mother, who died in August 2010. From her I learned to listen to my own voice as a guide to making life choices. She taught me to always expect the best from myself. My hope is that this book will provide insight into the extraordinary possibilities that those who live with disabilities have. I also hope that those without disabilities– rather than putting a focus on our differences – will come to understand what we all have in common. This book is for my mom, with love.
A Very Important Book!
I had the pleasure of reviewing this book after the author found me on Facebook and asked me to look at her story. Eager to support a new writer, I downloaded her book and finished it in one sitting. In retrospect I feel very blessed to have had the chance to check out this story.
The author’s amazing spirit shines through even though she lives her life with cerebral palsy. I wouldn’t dare say she “suffers” from cerebral palsy, as I really got the message that she does not suffer; it presents challenges in her life, but she does not use it as an excuse. It is very obvious that she embraces life and faces it’s many challenges life head on and with a smile on her face. She keeps herself motivated and doesn’t use her disability as a crutch. Instead she uses it as a teaching tool to help encourage other people with disabilities to follow suit and pursue their passions despite any challenge put in their way.
I find it very fascinating that with the help of friends and family that she learned how to ski and snowboard and found a way to excel at it. I also find it amazing that she transcribed her memoir using Suri (voice-to-text software)!!! Her artwork is also amazing!!!
I, Win; Hope and Life; my journey as a disabled woman living in a non-disabled world is an important book – it needs to be read by every single person that has ever looked at someone with a disability and not seen the person behind the disability. I strongly encourage this story to be shared over and over and over…
God Bless you Win – keep shining and keep painting; you’re a shining light in a world that sometimes forgets to be optimistic and hopeful. I am pretty positive that your mother is smiling down on your and beaming with pride!!!