A hero is not someone who is invisible. It is someone who is willing to face his or her fears and weaknesses and overcome them. A hero is someone who is willing to be stronger for themselves and others.

Let me tell you my hero story:

Have you ever got caught at the wrong place and at the wrong time? Have you ever lost something but cannot have it returned?

That’s exactly what happened to me ten years ago. I was caught in a cross fire of a shooting in my neighborhood; as a result, I have something known as “Foot Drop”. This condition results in the inability to lift the front part of the foot, which causes the toes to drag along the ground while walking. I was definitely at the wrong place and at the wrong time.  Or was I?

After I left the hospital, I wanted to be able to walk normally without the need of a brace.  I was not able to move forward with my life until I learned to appreciate and see the blessings of my crisis. Because I have foot drop, I walk slower than I used to. This allows me to appreciate the beauty that was created for me to experience. I learned to overcome my fear and live life without limitations. I learned to be stronger for those that I love. I learned not to be the victim of my history but the master of my destiny. Yes,  I have foot drop, but in spite of that, I am capable of creating a life without limitations. I have chosen to be the captain of my ship. I have chosen to be the hero of my own story.

– Nguyet Nguyen