Memoir is hopeful story of a special mother-daughter relationship

Author and parent advocate for special needs families, Karen Kain is a beacon of light carrying an inspiring message with purpose.

She will be participating in two area book signings in Beaverton and Portland this weekend.

In her memoir, “A Unique Life Fully Lived: A Personal Story of Love, Hope and Courage,” Kain has written a mother’s loving tribute to her only daughter in her search to create a full life for Lorrin, who was wheelchair-bound from 6 months old from a bad vaccination reaction leaving her a quadriplegic with daily seizures, non-verbal, blind and only able to blink. Yet Lorrin lived to 15 “full and unique” years. by: SUBMITTED ART - Karen Kain will be signing copies of her memoir, 'A Unique Life Fully Lived: A Personal Story of Love, Hope and Courage.'

Kain shares how she was forced to set goals and made decisions to create a life without boundaries. The book describes the unique and extraordinary life experiences she created for Lorrin and the soul connection between mother and daughter that continues to this day.

Lorrin lived a full life: best friends, slumber parties, horseback riding, overnight camp, Girl Scouts and attending the school prom in a pastel pink satin gown complete with tiara. She swam with dolphins, participated in the school play, and she and her canine companion won first place at her middle school Halloween dance contest.

In documenting their victories, challenges and sorrows, and sharing the tools and skills she learned to navigate life’s journey, Kain’s story hopes to inspire and resonate in the hearts of readers.

For more information about the author, visit or follow her on Twitter @lorrinsworld.

Book signings

New Renaissance Bookstore:

1338 N.W. 23rd Ave., Portland,

Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Barnes and Noble

18300 N.W. Evergreen Parkway, Beaverton

Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Contract Publishing

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