A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 22

April 22nd, 2012 by

This is the third year in a row I’ve run this series in April. Today’s story: Paralympian Eyeing The Olympics After Crash Miraculously Un-Paralyzes Her:

Paralyzed from the hip down since she was 13, Monique van der Vorst was an accomplished paralympian cyclist. She won two silver medals in the handcycling road at the Beijing Paralympics.

Last year, she was in an accident and fell off her wheelchair. While recovering from the trauma, her feet started to tingle and miraculously she began to move them again. She spent months in the hospital and in the rehabilitation centre trying to regain the use of her legs.

Imagine perceiving your life one way, then suddenly it is another experience entirely. Going from paralyzed to mobile. And now van der Vorst will be attempting to become an Olympic athlete as a cyclist.

Interesting that we’ve had a few of these medical miracle type stories. Even with as much as science has learned about human bodies, these incidents remind us what doctors don’t know is much more than what they do know. As the article says of van der Vorst, “Doctors have no explanation for her miraculous recovery.”

What would you do with this story idea?

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2 thoughts on “A Story Idea Each Day for a Month — Day 22

  1. Blinded since childhood, a man determined to explore the world decides to learn how to fly a plane when a freak accident restores his sight, only to find that dealing with the realities of his new life isn’t as easy as he’d thought.

  2. Kim Hudson says:

    Paralympian lives in a world where she is amazing for having overcome her paralysis and being an athlete – a role model to parapalegics and people overcoming adversity of all kinds. After an accident she discovers she has feeling in her legs. This causes her to question everything she knows about herself in the world. Her parents were always proud of her for dealing with her condition, it kept them very involved in her life. All her friends are parathletes. Now she is able bodied and doesn’t know who she is. She decides she wants to know what kind of an athlete she could be in the able bodied world. She trains in a gym where no one knows her and then returns to her wheel chair to her normal life keeping her two worlds separate. Why disturb everyone’s perception of her if she is never going to be an olympian? She could reamin a paralympian. Would it be affirming that paralympians were not real olympians if she was not able to compete well in the Olympics? Another athlete discovers she is able bodied and accuses her of betrayal. Friends figure she will want able bodied friends now. Finally she decides she needs to know for herself if she could compete as a cyclist. She enters a race. She doesn’t win but makes a good showing. She meets athletes from both worlds and builds a bridge between them. The cycling world sees athletes as athletes.

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