Did The Earth Move For You?
Eleven-year-old Angela was stricken with a debilitating disease involving
her nervous system. she was unable to walk and her movement was restricted in
other ways as well. the doctorsdid not hold out much hope of her ever recovering
from this illness. They predicted she dspend the rest of her life in a
wheelchair. They said that few, if any, were able to come back tonormal after
contracting this disease. the little girl was undaunted. There, lying in her
hospitalbed, she would vow to anyone who d listen that she was definitely going
to be walking againsomeday.
She was transferred to a specialized rehabilitation hospital in the San
Francisco Bay area. Whatever therapies could be applied to her case were used.
The therapists were charmed by herundefeatable spirit. They taught her about
imaging - about seeing herself walking. If it woulddo nothing else, it would at
least give her hope and something positive to do in the long wakinghours in her
bed. Angela would work as hard as possible in physical therapy, in whirlpools
andin exercise sessions. But she worked just as hard lying there faithfully
doing her imaging, visualizing herself moving, moving, moving!
One day, as she was staining with all her might to imagine her legs moving
again, it seemed asthough a miracle happened: The bed moved! It began to move
around the room! Shescreamed out, "Look what I m doing! Look! Look! I can do it!
I moved, I moved!"
Of course, at this very moment everyone else in the hospital was screaming,
too, and runningfor cover. People were screaming, equipment was falling and
glass was breaking. You see, it wasthe recent San Francisco earthquake. But
don t tell that to Angela. She s convinced that shedid it. And now only a few
years later, she s back in school. You see, anyone who can shake theearth
between San Francisco and Oakland can conquer a piddling little disease, can they?
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