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AUTHORKelli Horn became acquainted with life challenges at an early age, when her first Dad was killed by a drunk driver when she was 3, and her Nana died after a routine surgery when she was 8. As a young adult, her 22-year old sister and 24-year-old quadriplegic boyfriend died within 30 days of each other. As an older adult, her second boyfriend of 6 years died unexpectedly as well. As a result of these multiple losses, Kelli has embraced life challenges as a learning opportunity and has discovered valuable insights along the way. She has written this book to encourage others to “keep on keeping on” and strive to grow through life challenges.

Horn is the Coding Education Manager at Ardent Health Services and Coding Instructor at Tulsa Community College. She has been a Speaker at AHIMA’s Clinical Coding Meeting in Louisiana and National Convention in California, and OKHIMA’s State Convention in Oklahoma. She has instructed CCS Examination Review workshops for Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New York, and ICD-10 and Coding Clinic Update workshops for Oklahoma. She has authored articles and has been interviewed for the Journal of AHIMA, publications, including The Journal, AHIMA Code Write, and newsletter, and she has been interviewed twice for AHIMA’s Advantage publication.

Horn is a Life Group Leader at, and has been a guest speaker for a Miss Oklahoma preliminary pageant, presented timely career path topics for Tulsa Community College students, and she has been a speaker and vocal/piano performer for churches, grief, and community groups.

She received her Associate Degree in Health Information Technology and Coding Reimbursement and Specialist Certificate at Tulsa Community College. She is currently credentialed as a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS), and an AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, and has also successfully passed the Certified Coding Associate (CCA). In addition, she is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management.

She is a member of the Oklahoma Health Information Management Association (OKHIMA) and American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

She is also the creator of The Five Stages of Growing Through Life Challenges and the Four Steps To Grow Professionally.

She serves as a Life Group Leader of “Grief Bites” and “Girls Night Out” with her sister at