Reviewed by Irene Valentine for Readers' Favorite
CP Can't Stop Me by Autumn Kinkade is a personal journal of the first 20 years of her life. This begins with her parents’ desperate desire to have children. After several years, her mom finally fell pregnant with twins. Her parents felt their dreams had come true! The first sign of a problem was during the ultrasound performed in the 26th week. Autumn shares the details of her parents' response to the challenges they faced; the premature birth, and the consequent events. And yet within their tiny ‘micro preemie’, they chose to call Autumn Blair, was a little fighter. Her parents’ marriage did not survive, as often happens in these circumstances. She is happy they have both remarried, and remain good friends. Autumn says “no matter how perfect any school is, issues do arise, but it is how you handle them that matter.” This is the wisdom evident in Autumn’s life story. Despite her condition of cerebral palsy and its many challenges, Autumn boldly attempted a variety of sports and activities. When she was 14 years old, she discovered Pageantry where she has excelled. She has embraced speaking events, appearances, and volunteering.
CP Can't Stop Me will surprise you, and challenge you. Autumn personalizes her story with her mother’s handwritten journal pages and daily progress photos. The fragility of life shows in her parents' records of their daily joys and fears. It is inspirational to follow her story... their story... overcoming each obstacle, and always Autumn with her radiant smile. You will gain some perspective on obstacles others face. Autumn says “Your struggle, obstacle, walker, or wheelchair does not define you. Your heart does”. Her direct approach is endearing. The reality of her faith is evident. Thank you, Autumn Kinkade, for sharing your story with us. This glimpse into your life, your precious family, and the encouragement and support of your community, will give others courage and hope. Your daily choice to determine your attitude is remarkable and surely contagious to those you meet.