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Not Knowing The Meaning Of Giving Up
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, May 03, 2002

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There was once a little girl named Ronee' Le-Anne Reaux who defied the odds. Now nine years old, this little girl had been through a lot in her life...

She had been born too early, but she managed to survive her premature birth. She had suffered with numerous allergies and asthma attacks, but now that she was older, her asthma worries were FINALLY beginning to go away. She developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of five and now had to rely on forearm crutches (or a wheelchair when her pain was at its worst). She even suffered a stroke on her 8th birthday a year ago, but nobody even knew it because she looked--and acted--NORMAL.

In short, life itself had threatened to deal this child a cruel blow.

But, Ronee', as sick as she was (or HAD been), was NOT like most kids in situations similar to hers. She had an extremely stubborn, strong spirit in her little body. She was one who tried her HARDEST to live as normal of a life as she possibly could. She DIDN'T want people to treat her any differently, in other words, even though she was physically disabled.

For one thing, she was SMART. She was way ahead of her peers when it came to her schooling, and she always got good grades. She was in a class for gifted/talented students.

Secondly, she had a dream. That dream was to become a famous country/western star. (She had a good singing voice, and she had performed at several festivals in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.) She wanted to become as famous as her favorite singer, Loretta Lynn.

Yet, people were unsure of how to react to this little girl whenever she stepped onstage. They didn't know what to make of this child who relied on crutches or a wheelchair, but when they heard her sing they were amazed. This child was small, but what she lacked in size her voice sure made up for it.

And boy, could she SING!

She also could play the Cajun accordion--and quite well, in fact.

This child was well on her way to stardom. She had even sung at the Opry with her idol, Loretta Lynn.

One reason was due to the unending support of her close-knit, loving family.

She also had lots of friends. She was popular at her school.

And--she was a Christian who had the love of Jesus Christ in her heart.

She was one of the luckier ones. She was succeeding at life, even when it threatened to destroy her.

MORAL: If given a chance, ANYONE can succeed in life or reach their dreams.

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Reviewed by m j hollingshead 2/28/2003
i did
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/9/2002
i am rating this, my very first story, because this was my first attempt at writing in such a way to share it with others; and i guess this is because i consider this story as my favorite. i hope y'all have a chance to read it; i enjoyed writing it!!

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