Day Six

July 20, 2013

What an incredible night!! What an incredible week!! What an incredible last four months!!

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Since most all of you already know how the evening turned out I will not wait to say…..

I am honored to be Ms. Wheelchair America 2014 First Runner Up!!

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Congratulations to Ms. Wheelchair America 2014 Jenny Adams!!!!

I cannot wait to follow her year as Ms. Wheelchair America 2014. I have no doubt that she will touch the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with. I am excited to watch her live her dream. It will be an honor to have her visit our great state of Tennessee. Let’s plan something super special for her because she deserves it!!

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I have to confess that I arrived on Monday with the hopes that I would make it to the top five. I knew there were going to be 26 other amazing women and there was a good chance I would not make the top five. Of course, I dreamed of taking the crown home because that would have been a first for Tennessee. I am sure each of the other girls had the same dream.

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As the week progressed and I learned more and more about each girl, I began to wonder if I would even make the top 5. Each girl came with her own unique physical struggle that she had successfully triumphed and some girls had overcome even so much more than that.

I often wondered if even belonged in the same ranks as some of these girls. So accomplished, so strong, so independent, so determined to make the world a better place for those with disabilities. I was just a small town girl from Tennessee with the desire to sprinkle a little bliss around the country. My life didn’t tragically change in the blink of an eye. I don’t experience any chronic daily pain like some of the girls. I am just weak; no pain and no tragic loss.

I have said many times, I feel like I hit the lottery when it comes to having a disability. I now know what to expect in the future and I have time to prepare. My weakness is a slow gradual process that will continue as I age. I have time to adjust to these changes as they don’t happen over night. And I know there is a foundation that is solely searching day and night for a cure. I have no doubt they will find something in the very near future to help me. I have high hopes that my weakness will not progress much further due to the advancements in science. (Now back to the blog…..I got a little side-tracked.)

Each one of us will return home to continue representing our wonderful states. I am only 4 months into my year as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. Y’all know what all I have done in those 4 months. I can’t imagine what the next 8 months will hold!!

I can honestly say that this has been one of the best weeks of my life. I would not change a moment of it. I know I’m a winner because I had the love and support of each one of you reading this blog. Y’all have been the best cheerleaders a girl could ask for.

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Thank you so much.

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