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10 Strong People Whose Stories Prove That Limits Are Only Inside Our Heads

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A lot of people believe that if a person has health issues, then he or she will never be capable of having a full and happy life. But it's not true.

Today Bright Side would like to share the stories of 10 people who have achieved their goals and brought happiness to their lives, despite illnesses or difficulties. They live the way they want and do what they love.

10. Turia Pitt was severely burned in a fire.

The story of the Australian model Turia Pitt who "lost" her face in a fire leaves no one indifferent. When she was 24, she became the victim of a terrible fire. As a result, her body burn percentage was 64%. The girl spent 6 months in the hospital, went through a lot of operations, and lost all of her fingers on the right hand and 3 fingers on the left. However, she lives a full life now, takes part in fashion photo shoots, trains, surfs, rides a bike, and works as a mining engineer.

9. Nando Parrado survived a plane crash and waited for help for 72 days.

The crash survivors had to drink melting snow and sleep side by side so as not to freeze to death. There was very little food, so they had to eat anything they could find in the winter forest. 60 days after the crash, Nando and 2 of his friends decided to go for help through the ice desert. Nando lost almost his entire family in the plane crash, and he lost 90 lb over the following 2 months. Now he is a motivational speaker, and he tells people how to achieve their goals in life.

8. Jessica Cox is the world's first licensed armless pilot.

The girl was born in 1983 without her arms due to a rare birth defect. Her parents did everything for the girl to lead a normal life: Jessica learned how to eat by herself, get dressed, attended a regular school, and even learned to write. Since her childhood, she was afraid to fly, and even swings were too much for her. But she decided to fight her fear. In 2008, she qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft. That was how she became the first armless pilot in the world and made it into the Guinness World Records.

7. Tanni Grey-Thompson became world famous as a successful wheelchair racer.

Tanni was born with spina bifida and is a wheelchair user. She is one of the most successful wheelchair racers in the world.

6. Sean Swarner has conquered cancer and visited the 7 highest peaks of all 7 continents.

This man is truly a man with a capital M. He conquered cancer and visited the 7 highest peaks of all 7 continents. He is the only person in the world who has survived Hodgkin's disease and Askin's sarcoma. He was first diagnosed at 13 and was given just 3 months to live. Though he managed to conquer his first cancer, it returned in the form of a golf ball-sized tumor of the Askin's sarcoma in his right lung.

After the second operation, doctors gave him just 2 weeks. However, Sean survived. In 2002, he summited Mount Everest and became the first cancer survivor to conquer this peak.

5. Jillian Mercado, a wheelchair user, became a successful fashion model.

This girl proved that you don't need to comply with standards to become a fashion model. The main thing is to love yourself and your body, even if it's not perfect. When she was a child, she was diagnosed with spastic muscular dystrophy and has had to use a wheelchair since then. However, it didn't prevent her becoming a part of the fashion world.

4. Esther Vergeer is a wheelchair tennis player who won 71 titles.

Esther was diagnosed with a vascular myelopathy around her spinal cord when she was a child. The operation left her unable to move her legs. During rehabilitation, she learned to play volleyball, basketball, and tennis in a wheelchair. Eventually, she chose tennis and became a Grand Slam tournament winner 42 times.

3. Michael J. Fox lives with Parkinson's disease and supports others.

The leading star of Back to the Future was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 30. After that, he had troubles with alcohol. However, he managed to overcome his addiction, and he became a strong advocate of Parkinson's disease research. Thanks to his efforts, $350 million has been collected for the research of this disease.

2. Patrick Henry Hughes became a musician despite his blindness and inability to walk.

Patrick was born without eyes and unable to fully straighten his arms and legs, making him unable to walk. His father introduced him to the piano at the age of 9 months. He later entered the University of Louisville and was invited to join the Louisville Marching Band, playing the trumpet while his father pushed him in his wheelchair through the marching routines. Since then, he has given a lot of concerts in the USA and has been on many TV shows together with his family.

1. Mark Inglis is the only double leg amputee in the world to summit Mount Everest.

Mark Inglis, a mountaineer from New Zealand, is the only double leg amputee in the world who has summited Mount Everest. In 1987, Mark lost both of his legs after suffering from frostbite on one of his expeditions. But Mark never gave up. He trained a lot and managed to summit the highest peak in the world. He lives in New Zealand together with his wife and 3 children, he's written 4 books, and he works as a motivational speaker.

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