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A different kind of athlete

A different kind of athlete
We found out that Jenny was hearing impaired, when
she was four and a half years old. Several surgeries
and speech classes later, when she was seven, we
found out that Jenny had juvenile rheumatoid
arthritis (JRV). 
She could not put pressure on the heels of her feet,
so she walked on tiptoe, and when the pain became
unbearable, I carried her. Jenny was fortunate,
though, because she did not suffer the deformities,
often associated with JRV. 
All through grade school, and on into high school,
Jenny suffered, yet never complained. 
Jenny, a beautiful blonde, with warm brown eyes,
was never a cheerleader. She never competed in a
sport. She took the same health class four years in a
row, just so she could pass with a substitute credit
each year. No one in the Charleston, South Carolina
School System knew what to do with Jenny. The
perimeters were, simply, not in place to deal with a
student, who was both active and handicapped. 

She was totally mainstreamed, popular, and funny,