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I,Win (Hope and Life my journey as a woman with cerebral palsy living in a non- disabled world) [Kindle Edition]

Win Charles , Linelle
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.


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About the Author

I, Win Charles, was born in 1987 in Aspen, Colorado, where I still live. I am a self-taught artist who became interested in art as a way to cope with cerebral palsy. The medium I use most often is digital art. Besides life in general, I am artistically inspired by roses and orchids, and the flora and fauna of the Bahamas. The Bahaman people are also wonderful inspirations for me. I truly admire them.

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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478209992
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YLKW54
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,573 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Forward November 27, 2012
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I,Win (Hope and Life my journey as a disabled woman living in a non-disabled world) by Win Charles is not a simple book to read, process or categorize. In my opinion, the book is part confession, part tribute to author's parents (especially mother), and part musings on how a disabled person can succeed in a society of those who take their own able-bodiedness for granted. It even includes tribute to Aspen, the city long known for it's wealth and privilege but also a very nice place to grow up in.

Written with raw passion, book mainly focuses on author's journey from a premature and sickly baby to a thriving business owner and an artist. During this journey she learned how to ski and snowboard, she got involved in programs that help disabled people, she went to college and is working towards her goal of teaching art someday.

The writer's outlook on life is complex yet positive. It is not simple New Agey 'let's us count our blessings' approach, it is much more energetic and realistic than that. There are challenges, and everybody faces them on daily basis. You can sit and feel sorry for yourself or you can do something about them. To quote the line I especially liked: "For everyone, I want my life story to show that it is always possible to move forward, no matter what the challenge is. Ultimately I win, and you will, too."

And that's what the book's message is for me. Moving forward, dealing with challenges and knowing that victory is not just possible but inevitable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! This is a great book! December 6, 2012
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This author is so insightful, aware, and thankful for for everything that has brought her up to this point in her life. She realizes she has a disability (CP) but doesn't let it slow her down. She gives thanks to her parents and all the great people in her life, who have helped and encouraged her.
I'm just in awe at everything she has overcome and, yet, she still keeps going. I'm very inspired by this book.
I was so sorry to read about the passing of her mom, but am glad that she has found great reasons to carry on.
One of my favorite parts is where she talks about how she skis and the gravity suit she uses for exercising. I would love to try that one day. She makes it sound so freeing and amazing for the body. Making the body feel weightless.
I'm, also, impressed that the author has went on to get her college degree and is doing things she loves to do.
All-in-all, this book is very inspiring for anyone, regardless if they are disabled or not. It makes one want to do something meaningful with their lives.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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To think our mundane worries or everyday concerns consume us and dictate our world. Win Charles fights insurmountable odds in a battle with Cerebral Palsy, losses her best friend, caregiver, mom and her "rock", and in the face of adversity Win opens her heart and her story to share her plight through delicate, but awakening words of inspiration and encouragement. This is not only a great read, but an absolute necessity for anyone coping with adapting their disability or indisposition, as Win shows how she turned her afflictions and restrictions into potential and abilities. This is one book every child should read as a guideline to understanding limitations and strength of character. I give Win five stars for courage, dedication and the heart of a warrior!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational November 18, 2012
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Win Charles is an amazing and talented woman. Her story is one of courage, strength and shows the challenges she faces every day. Her success shines... making it an a able world as one who has a disability.

She is quite the artisan...her work shows such depth and creativity.

Read her story.....you will see...We all Win!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! October 26, 2012
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I,Win is a must read for everyone! The author, Win Charles has such a profound appreciation for life; something the rest of us can only hope for. Ms. Charles beautifully describes "pivotal moments" of clarity, as she navigates life and decides to go forward, against all odds with great strength and beauty. She is a winner!
Sharon Haznedar
New York
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Win Kelly Charles is passionate about building a bridge of understanding between disabled and able-bodied people. She is challenged in this by the effects of her own cerebral palsy, which show in the flow of language in the book. Rather than detracting from what she is saying, how she says it brings the reader more closely into her world. I emerged from the experience with a better personal understanding of the nature of disability, relating it to my own invisible challenges.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very important book!! December 14, 2012
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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!!!

Marianne Curtis
Author of Finding Gloria, Moondust and Madness: A collection of Poetry, Behind Whispering Pines, Finding Gloria - Second Edition and Brian's Last Ride
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat Personal Memoir
This will probably be one of the shortest reviews I have ever written but then it is one of the shortest books I have read (80 pages). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tanya Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Conquer the World, Daily
This was a remarkable book about Win's continuous journey of living life to the fullest, despite having CP. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book
Oh how blessed I was, when I stumbled upon the book ... I, Win ... by Win Charles! I was in search of a book to read and report on for my Exploring Exceptionalities 1 course, for... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Crystal Heidt
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't even imagine what all your obstacles must of been like. Like...
Win, you are an inspiration to so many people. God is using your disability to help others. I can't even imagine what all your obstacles must of been like. Read more
Published 5 months ago by richard waltman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A stunning story of initiative, perseverance and courage! A shining example to all!
Published 6 months ago by John Suitor
5.0 out of 5 stars Win Charles really is a winner at heart
Win's story was a quick and easy read, but most of all it was up-lifting. As a talk show host and a fellow American with a disability I could relate to Win's story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by myra goldick
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Journey!
This very enjoyable book is easy to read and a fascinating peek into living with cerebral palsy. Win Charles has no limitations that matter to her joy and take-care-of-business... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Debra A.
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful eye opener
is a story about truly living and the power of a triumphant spirit. Win was diagnosed after a premature birth, with Cerebral Palsy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by M.
5.0 out of 5 stars We Win
Wonderful story about strength and the ability to see the positives no matter what challenges are in front if you.
Published 16 months ago by nicholas tierney
5.0 out of 5 stars I, Win
Win Charles was born as a micro-premeie in Aspen CO. She was airlifted to Children's Hospital in Denver, CO where several scary months later her parents learned she had Cerebral... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Momto4BookLover
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More About the Author

Win Charles has Cerebral Palsy--she also has a thriving jewelry design company, enough metal in her feet to set off any airport's metal detector, and a love of snowboarding. How do all of these things fit together?
Don't be fooled. This isn't a novel about hardships or all of the things a young woman with a disability can't do. This is a story about LIVING, about doing it anyway, and about passion.

The View from My Heels is a novel about a young lady with Cerebral Palsy who has a driving ambition to become a well-known jewelry designer. And she's well on her way. In fact, she might even be better at accessorizing than you!

A View From My Heels gives hope and inspiration to the disabled community. Win Charles is an example of triumph that will leave its mark on your heart long after you've finished the book and set it down.

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