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May 5th, 2010
Has No Arms...

AND NOW, A WOMAN WITH NO ARMS IS GOING FOR HER BLACK BELT:

I don't know if you've heard about it, but there's a 15-year-old kid in Michigan with Down syndrome named Adam Stone, and he's about to get his Black Belt in karate.  Today, it's time for you to meet 32-year-old Sheila Radziewicz.

She lives in Massachusetts,about a half-hour north of Boston,  as a result of a congenital birth defect, she was born without arms or kneecaps, and with her feet facing toward each other. 
It's a condition called 'TAR' syndrome (that's short for thrombuh-SEE-toh-PEHnya with Absent Radius.)  It means that while Sheila has hands and fingers, they're at the base of her torso by her shoulders, where her arms would have started. 
She's had success with surgeries and leg braces, and three years ago, she started taking martial arts...next month she'll test for her black belt in Taekwondo.
Obviously, some of her training is different to accommodate her condition.  But that might not mean what you think.  For instance, when she's demonstrating her use of nunchucks, Sheila sometimes uses her teeth to grip the weapon.
Oh, and she drives a specially-designed car with only her feet, and works as an advocate in the court system for women who've been victims of domestic violence. 

Now, what were you saying about how your life sucks?  Check out Sheila in action HERE


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