Today’s spotlight guest is a young author who reached out to me for an interview on her podcast “Win’s Women of Wisdom.” When I checked out Win Charles I was impressed with her for many reasons, most notably because of her many accomplishments in spite of having cerebral palsy. I grew up with a brother who has cerebral palsy, and he has also achieved more than he was thought capable of, so I know there is no reason to expect anything less from someone labeled disabled or with CP than you would from anyone else. In her short life, 28 years, Win has published three books, started her own jewelry company, speaks to audiences nationwide, competes as a triathlete, and runs her own podcast. She also hopes to one day become a New York Times best-selling author. Today, incidentally, is Disability Day, or the International Day of People with Disability, which makes it the perfect time to spotlight this inspirational author. Welcome to Adventures in Publishing Win! Please tell us a little about yourself
At age 24 I decided to tell my story. Writing this autobiography gave me the opportunity to pay tribute to family members who are passionate about life and have instilled this passion in me. My parents' extraordinary support, encouragement, 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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