Why not me? says a true heroine

janineThere are some who show us what strength of the spirit truly is.

One of them is Janine Shepherd from Australia.  She was a super athlete who had trained since she was a child and had won medals galore since the age of 10.

When in her twenties, she was cycling through some mountains as part of her training routine. She was hit by a vehicle, suffering massive injuries. She suffered a broken neck and back, lost five litres of blood, suffered severe lacerations to her abdominal area. Her right leg was ripped open, her collarbone and five ribs were fractured, and she suffered serious internal injuries. Doctors at first thought she would not live, but she pulled through. She was then told that she would be bound to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, and would never bear children.

She was naturally very depressed but kept thinking on what do no next. The turning point came in my life when I asked “Why not me”? instead of “Why me?” she says.

She decided to overcome her difficulty through the strength of her spirit and did all that she could slowly but steadily.

Over the next few years, she began to go through the slow rehabilitation process. She was determined to defy the predictions set by her doctors, and succeeded in doing so. While still remaining a partial paraplegic, she was ultimately able to walk again, and has three children. She gained her pilots license within a year of the accident, and went on to gain a Commercial pilot’s licence, an instructor’s license, eventually becoming a trained aerobatics flying instructor.

Now, she is an ambassador for Spinal Cure Australia and has been awarded her country’s highest civilian honour “Order of Australia” in 2001, for her service to the community, her inspiration and her work in raising awareness of spinal cord research.

She has published many books, is a motivational speaker and shows us there is nothing that the human spirit cannot overcome.

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