Can’t Believe Your Eyes

by Maxi

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“Where the rubber meets the road” has new meaning the first time you see this picture. Matter of fact, if you’re like me, you have to take a second look.

What in the world? I thought. Then her story follows and your heart just bursts at the guts and grit of this child.

Some of you may have heard of ten-year-old Qian Hongyan, but this story needs a second telling. She lost her legs in a car accident when she was three; her family couldn’t afford prosthetics—so the basketball. She uses wooden props, the kind bricklayers work with, for balance.

Qian is determined to compete in the 2012 Paralympics and swims close to 2000 meters a day. She was confronted with a lot of challenges at first, but this girl is feisty and won’t give up her dream.

She has those prosthetics now, but occasionally Qian uses the basketball that got her started.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full
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About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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