The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
It’s unusual for journalists to tell their own story. Sometimes, however, a story can only be told by the person who lived it. This is true regarding the story of a horse, Northline Rainmaker, and me. To share our story is to share hope, inspiration and determination to all who need it.
Twelve years ago, when I was lying on my back in a London, Ont., hospital, unable to move, unable to walk and unable to wipe my own backside, I had to come to grips with my limitations and learn to accept what was. Hard as that was, the strongest, most lasting lesson I learned was to never give up.
A car accident had taken away all that was dear: my ability to walk, to be with my husband and to hold my six-week-old baby. We had lost our apartment and our car. My husband lost his job because he took time off to take care of our daughter. I had to sell a beloved horse who had been my partner and champion for years.
As dark as those days were, I never doubted my walking again, never thought it was out of the question. It took months, even years, before I could stand on my own. I had my family and my life, but still something was missing.
One day, I got a call. I was finally home, enduring hours of therapy. I answered to a voice saying, “There’s this Morgan colt in a bad situation. Do you want him?”
In that moment, I forgot about myself. I forgot about the trials I was going through trying to recover and trying to be a mom. I was able to focus on a little horse who ended up becoming a “who’s who” in the Morgan horse world. He was just what I needed, and as it turned out, I was just what he needed.
During the past 12 years, I had a lot of time to think about the choices I could have made: to give up, give in or go on. I never looked back.
I hope the story of Raine and me does more than just warm hearts.
The message I want to pass on is clear: Never give in, never give up. Keep putting one foot in front of the other, and you’ll be one step closer to your goal.
Время от времени скачет верхом негр; голова у него "Игры плавать под водой"повязана чем-то "Скачать игру текин"вроде чалмы, ибо мадрасский клетчатый головной убор очень похож на турецкий, но куда легче и красивее.