Posted by Terry S. (126.96.36.199) on July 13, 2000 at 16:31:53:
When I begin to feel sorry for myself, I sometimes
think of Wendy Stoker. In high school, she placed
third in the Iowa girl's state diving championships.
She practiced for two hours every day for four years
to become an accomplished diver.
Then, at the University of Florida, Wendy worked even
harder and earned the number two spot on the varsity
diving team. At the same time, she carried a full
academic load and found time for bowling and
water-skiing. But perhaps the most remarkable thing
about Wendy Stoker is her typing. Would you believe
forty-five words a minute -- with her toes? You see,
Wendy was born without arms.
Wendy is motivated by a secret ingredient; one of her
greatest assets -- desire. With it, one can succeed in
spite of overwhelming handicaps. Without it, one is
handicapped in spite of overwhelming ability. Desire
is a major ingredient in a life which strives to be
whole and happy.
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