Disability through illness or injury is indiscriminate.
Becoming disabled is a difficult transition both mentally & physically.
We need to find our own way to adapt our new lives so we can embrace what we do have & live our lives to the full.
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our charity. Please check out our charity's website by clicking on the link to the right:
Today's Reason to Smile- Riding the Crest of Life's Wave
Today’s Reason to Smile post is about the beautiful & brave Bethany Hamilton, an incredible pro surfer from Hawaii.
Bethany was born to a family of surfers & subsequently became involved in the sport from an early age, entering her first competition at the age of eight.
On October 13th 2003, when Bethany was a mere thirteen years old, she took a surf off of Kauai’s NorthShore & was shockingly attacked by a 14ft tiger shark.
Bethany lost over 60% of her blood & had to have many surgeries as a result of the attack, but sadly lost her left arm from the shoulder down. Despite what was surely a desperately distressing and painful time, Bethany incredibly returned to the water only one month after the attack!
Bethany won her first national surf title only a year after her accident & realized her dream of becoming a pro surfer three years later in 2007. Bethany puts her incredible achievements & inspirational spirit down to her strong Christian faith, something that we rarely see openly discussed in society, (what was it your Granny always told you- ‘never discuss religion, money or politics in company’); but something that nonetheless has got many people through difficult periods in their lives- such as one’s transition into life with a disability. I too unashamedly share Bethany’s strong Christian faith, something which has been a strong factor in getting me through my lowest moments over the last few years.
Whether you are religious or not- Bethany’s story is nothing short of miraculous & is impossible not to be uplifted by.