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Jennifer E. Thomas
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It's almost like there are these periods where our relationship is smooth and steady, and then there are times when it's like standing on the edge of this gorgeous, wonderful waterfall and just letting yourself drop, knowing that there's a safe pool of water ready to catch you at bottom. You take the plunge and you're in wayyyy over your head, but oh man, it's exhilarating, it's breathtaking, it's just incredible and you feel better than you ever have before and the water is cool and refreshing and exactly what you needed.

Sam is my waterfall.

- LJ entry from 8/2005


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Childhood heroes

I guess everybody has heroes in their childhood. One of my biggest, and longest lasting, is Jill Kinmont, the young skiier who broke her neck while preparing for a big event prior to racing in the Olympics. They made a couple of TV movies about her, and over the years I've followed her story.

After her accident paralyzed her from the shoulders down, Jill made a life for herself.

She went to college, got her teaching degree, married, and has LIVED a full life. She recently retired from teaching, but is still an incredibly active person.

When I first contemplated getting my first wheelchair, I went through some emotional changes. But Jill Kinmont stood out in my mind as proof that a wheelchair isn't a prison, that it can be a true blessing. That you can still be a worthwhile person, even if you're disabled.

So here I am, some thirty years after I first heard of Jill, and I decided to see if her phone number was listed.

And I just got off the phone with an incredibly gracious woman who I felt the overwhelming urge to thank for her impact on my life.

I feel good.

Borderline symptom of the day: calmserene

thats really cute :)

I bet she feels good, too.