Chicken Soup for the Soul TM,
Did The Earth Move
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 doctors did not hold out much hope of her
ever recovering from this illness. They predicted she'd spend the
rest of her life in a wheelchair. They said that few, if any,
were able to come back to normal after contracting this disease.
The little girl was undaunted. There, lying in her hospital bed,
she would vow to anyone who'd listen that she was definitely going to
be walking again someday.
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 her undefeatable
spirit. They taught her about imaging
- about seeing herself walking. If it would do nothing else, it
would at least give her hope and something positive to do in the long
waking hours in her bed. Angela would work as hard as possible in
physical therapy, in whirlpools and in exercise sessions. But she
worked just as hard lying there faithfully doing her imaging,
visualizing herself moving, moving, moving!
One day, as she was straining with all of her might to imagine her legs
moving again, it seemed as though a miracle happened: the bed
moved! It began to move around the room! She screamed 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 running for cover. People were screaming,
equipment was falling and glass was breaking. You see, it was the
recent San Francisco earthquake. But don't tell that to
Angela. She's convinced that she did it. And now only a few
years later, she's back in school. On her own two legs. No
crutches, no wheelchair. You see, anyone who can shake the earth
between San Francisco and Oakland can conquer a piddling little
disease, can't they?
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