I had a series of childhood illnesses; scarlet fever, pneumonia, polio. I walked with braces until I was at least nine years old. My life wasn't like the average person who grew up and decided to enter the world of sports.
My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces.
Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.