Introduction

Each author suffered near-death experiences and sought renewal through the
wisdom of human virtues that refocused them on a life of
richness, appreciation, joy and service

In February 2003, Dr. Allen Lycka was walking with his wife and youngest daughter at the “Happiest Place on Earth” when his wife noticed his foot was “flapping.” It was making an audible “flap” with each step he took. In the prime of his life, considered one of North America’s premier cosmetic dermatologists with a thriving practice, a leading philanthropist and committed family man, Dr. Lycka was perplexed by this sudden development. Going through a full range of tests, the dozens of doctors he sought out were equally perplexed. One leading neurologist delivered the devastating blow that he had ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, and he would only live six more months. "Get your affairs in order," the doctor callously said.

After going through depression, anger, rage, and denial—he ultimately decided not to give up and search for another answer. He just couldn't believe the diagnosis. His diligence paid off, and he found a doctor who DID have the answer, Dr. David Martz, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He maintained his status as a leading cosmetic doctor for another 16 years until he “stepped away” from his practice in 2019 to serve his fellow man in another capacity. Since finding the appropriate answers to his dilemma, Dr. Lycka rededicated his life to appreciate living fully and being of service.

Harriet Tinka was a gorgeous model-turned student at the University of Calgary. Featured on haute couture runways and in fashion magazines, she chose to turn her back on the soul-crushing pressure to be the "ideal female body." Instead, she decided to go to university and focus on getting an education. During this period, one of her friends began to turn critical, mean, and possessive, until one night, he attacked her. She was beaten, abducted, and stabbed with a butcher’s knife. It was a miracle she survived, but the trauma left her saying, “Why me?” That was until she met a 9-year-old girl named Amber who helped get her head turned around. Today, she is a highly regarded empowerment youth worker, ultra-marathon runner, accountant, football referee, and mother of three. She exudes vivacity, health, strength, and emotional balance.

They met each other when Dr. Lycka sponsored a leading awards ceremony honoring “Women of Distinction.” Bonded by their shared traumas and their renewed appreciation for the value of life and service, Dr. Lycka and Harriet wanted to give others "The Secrets To Living a Fantastic Life" that they distilled from their own experience. These 13 essential human elements were founded from the grains of near catastrophe and transformed into “Golden Pearls of Wisdom.”

Harriet and Dr Allen LyckaOffered in the format of an enchanting and charming dialogue between the two authors, the book also includes their chronicles of pain and triumph, allegories, stories, and inspirational and insightful quotes. The exploration of each of the 13 Golden Pearls creates a necklace of self-empowerment that will enhance anyone’s life.

The Golden Pearls shared offer a roadmap for living a life that is rich in love, achievement, appreciation, joy, and service. They provide strength, comfort, and encouragement.

The authors are on a mission to transform lives. Dr. Allen Lycka is now a full-time life-changing speaker, acclaimed author and transformational leader and Harriet Tinka, in addition to these pursuits, coaches young women to fully embrace who they are through her Empowered Me programs. Both are available together or alone for speaking engagements, radio and television show interviews, and life coaching sessions.