TOUGH AND DETERMINED: Paralyzed From The Waste Down

This is one of those inspiring stories that I’m always privileged to share because it defines what “true grit” is all about. Chelsie Hill has been paralyzed and living in a wheelchair her entire adult life. Thanks to a drunk driver who nearly ended her young life in 2010, the then 17-year-old high school senior was in the hospital for 51 days and was left paralyzed from the waist down, her dream of becoming a dancer almost shattered.

“The only thing that I loved was dance,” she told CBS News at the time. For most, that life altering accident would almost surly define us for the rest of our lives. However, for Chelsie the accident was simply an obstacle that needed to be dealt with. “I wanted to prove to my community and to myself, that I was still ‘normal,’” she told Teen Vogue. “Whatever normal meant.” Read more