Dear Editor:

Our family traveled throughout the west this summer. We saw a number of folks who were missing an arm or a leg. One middle-age man was making it around on the boardwalk at the geyser basin near Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park. He only had one leg. Someone came up to him and said, “You are a real inspiration to me, going around on this boardwalk. At this elevation, its hard enough for me to get around here.” The man was appreciative of the encouragement. I asked him if he had been in the military. He said, “No, its nothing like that. I had cancer in my leg.”

Sometimes I get discouraged with my own lot in life, but then I think of how hard other people have it, and how so many of them do so well and have a chipper spirit along with it.

Dan Manka

Fairmont, W.V.

This story was posted on August 22, 2013.