Lorrin was born in Newport Beach, California, March 15, 1994. At six weeks, Lorrin had an adverse reaction to her one and only DPT vaccination. The vaccine attacked her brain, leaving her with severe brain damage. The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. A Unique Life Fully Lived by Karen Kain, Lorrin's mother, is the story of Lorrin's life and that of her family as they struggled to cope with Lorrin's new reality.The doctors never had hope for Lorrin's future. They suggested Karen get on with her life. Feeling abandoned by modern medicine, Karen turned to alternative treatments and spiritual guidance. Despite all of Karen's best efforts, Lorrin continued to have horrible episodes of uncontrolled seizures that would land them in the hospital for days.
However, Karen spent every fibre of her being creating a life 'as possibly' normal for her only daughter. She enrolled her in regular schools, she had sleep overs with her girlfriends, she enrolled Lorrin in the Miss Teen Pasadena Pageant, she gave her horse back riding lessons. Lorrin and Karen shared a deep soul connection and because of that, was also able to communicate innately with her school mates and all who came into her world. Lorrin experienced a life as fully possible for her restricted environment; yet unlimited spiritual environment. And her mission was successful; however short livedLorrin lived a life 'fully' and uniquely lived.
To her very last breath, Lorrin was brave and showed a sense of humor and courage that was unmatched. And as witnessed by those who knew her, there is only love.
It has been Karen's dream to share the lessons that Lorrin taught her about love, faith and courage. She is a parent advocate for children of disability and travels around the county inspiring families with her personal story of raising a medically fragile, vaccine-injured daughter as a single mom. Karen shares how she bridged the gap from special needs to creating mainstream experiences in all arenas of life for Lorrin: best friends, slumber parties, concerts, camping, beauty pageants, Girl Scouts, school dances, musicals and endless travels. . Her book describes the unique and extraordinary life experiences that Karen created for Lorrin and the strong bond and soul connection between mother and daughter that continues to this day.
Karen will be speaking at New Renaissance Book Store on Saturday at 7:00 pm. New Renaissance is located at 1338 NW 23rd Ave in Portland.
On Sunday Karen will be speaking at the Beaverton Barnes and Noble located at 18300 NW Evergreen Parkway from 1:00pm-4:00pm.