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Disability Does Not Slow Her Down




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Excerpt from an NBC New York article

Eleven surgeries in her 11 years of life haven’t slowed down Brittany Apgar or her impressive pitching skills.

Apgar was born without her right hand. The seventh grader from Greensboro, North Carolina, is a ballplayer in Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation “Bronco Divison,” NBC affiliate KSNV reported.

“When I first get on the field, I can feel everybody watching me. It gives me like a nervous [feeling], and then once I start throwing, they’ll start realizing that I’m here to just play. Not play around,” Apgar said.

She has been playing the game since age 2 and looks up to retired star pitcher Jim Abbott as her hero. Abbott was also born without a right hand, and Apgar hopes to meet him one day.

“It was a goal to get people to accept me for who I am and to know that they won’t take me for anybody different,” she said.

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Thanks to Brittany Apgar for sharing her story; NBC New York for committing its resources to creating the video; Google for helping me find the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the text and video in this post.


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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.