Modern society is changing rapidly. Beauty standards have become more blurred, allowing people with genetic abnormalities to become celebrities and pursue careers, such as actress Jamie Brewer. They fly armless planes and find love in wheelchairs while being completely different from others.
It’s not a shame to be born disabled, because it’s not your fault. It is much worse when parents refuse to take responsibility for your education because of fear or lack of willpower. Today, many people know who Jen Bricker is. His story began in the most tragic way. She was born without legs and with the heart on the wrong side. Her parents rejected her and in 1987 the girl was given to adoption.
Fortunately for the baby, there was a loving family who was not afraid of the difficulties of raising a different child. There was one main rule in their house: never say “I can not”.
As a child, Jen had fun with the other kids: she skated, played volleyball and played sports, eventually becoming a famous aerial gymnast.
Jen’s idol was Dominique Moceanu, who grew up in a family of professional sportsmen. As a teenager, Dominique won many medals and became the youngest junior to win the US National Gymnastics Championship. In 1996, on the eve of the Olympic Games, she was one of the most recognized in her sport, but an injury prevented her from shining at the zenith.
Jen became interested in gymnastics, taking over from her idol. The girl always knew she had been adopted, but she did not even know what to expect when she was 16 years old. By this time, she had become a fairly well-known athlete. But she would never have imagined that Dominique Moceanu was her own elder sister! Although it took Bricker several more years to get in touch with their biological parents, according to media reports, the girls have been very close in recent years. She began to communicate with her biological mother but did not forget who her real parents were.
Today, Jennifer is a successful publicist and motivational speaker, showing that nothing is impossible by her own example. Just stop saying “I can not”.
His story is not unique. Angelika Trabert, 51, is a Paralympic athlete, class III German rider and respected anesthesiologist who has dedicated 30 years of her life to the equestrian sport. A congenital malformation makes it different from others. She was born without legs and with the wrist of her right hand deformed. These shortcomings have not prevented her from winning many prizes and working in Africa on medical missions to help people in rural communities.
While many people find excuses for themselves, these brave women argue that physical imperfection has not made them worse, weaker or less attractive. They are true role models for millions of us!