Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Her T-shirt reads "Look Ma, No Hands"

She carefully places the contact lens in her eye, do the finishing touches on her make-up and pulls the brush through her hair one more time. She unwraps chewing gum. She’d better get going; she doesn’t want to miss her flight.

She graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she’s a motivational speaker, has two black belts in tae kwon, drives her own car and has just fulfilled her dream of becoming a pilot.

She is 25 year old Jesica Cox and she was born without arms!

Doctors don’t know why she was born this way but prosthetic limbs simply didn’t do it for Jesica. She stopped using them at age 14. “They handicapped me,” she said. Instead she has mastered the skill of doing all of these activities with her feet. Yes! Her feet. Recent x-rays showed her toe joints actually looking more like fingers, curled in more like a hand. It is also important for her to maintain flexibility and strength in her legs considering what she uses her feet for. She does this by swimming and walking.

She credits much of her success to her supportive family.

Wow! What an inspiration! To think that we can sometimes complain so easily about things that really seem rather trivial once you take the time to stop and consider some of the challenges that so many others face every day. I really try to live my life being grateful for all that I have, but still every now and again I’d learn of something like this and be reminded again just how precious the gifts are that we are blessed with and to make sure to cherish it and be responsible in taking good care of it; to never, ever take it for granted.

My hat’s off to you, Jesica! You go girl!

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  1. Just look at that glorious smile she wears!

  2. I agree with you, Cin. There's definitely something there to learn from. She's celebrating her difference for sure! I admire that very much.