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This first volume of the Shining Beautiful Series highlights the realm of love attained by six people who wondered if they could reach beyond their limits and change the world. Their stories center on Mikelle Learned. Orphaned in Korea at the tender age of three months, destiny took Mikelle by the hand and led her into the arms of a new family in Denver, CO. There, doctors diagnosed her with significant cerebral palsy.

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Her path led her to the halls of Congress as a speaker and then on to the National Press Club as an Honored Guest Reactor. Mikelle speaks across the country, owns her own condo, a small business, and many friends who pop in and out of her world. She loves showing young people how to overcome life’s challenges. Not bad for someone who can’t walk or talk without technology.

Her book will tickle your funny bone, inspire you to move beyond your limitations and show you how to create a supportive community full of love. Shining Beautiful (the English translation of her Korean name) shares tips and strategies for creating a meaningful life, no matter what that life brings.


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From Our Community Blog

  • Natural Supports. Do They Work? Depends.

    By : Categories : Community,Friends Comment: 0 Comment

        There’s no denying it: as caregivers, providers and family members, we love  the idea of natural supports, but don’t really believe they will work. Sure, you have read our blogs about Mikelle and how fantastic “the community” can be.  And, trust me, it can be incredible.  But, is community and natural supports  a […]

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  • 10 Things I Like About You

    By : Categories : A Home of My Own,Community,Friends Comment: 0 Comment

    A Note from Katherine Carol. (the Mom) I sent this poem to members of the Roommate Club like Lauren Perfors, Kari Delany and Adriana Carlson Pogar. It wasn’t long before I heard from them all. Yep. This captures the experience of knowing Mikelle.  I could see the smiles cross their beautiful faces as if I […]

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