Arthrogryposis - a congenital condition that can cause deformity in the bones of the feet and hands.
It can bring catastrophic impairment and disability.
It can lay out a life of hardship and struggle.
I met a woman some years ago who took arthrogryposis and turned it out on its head. She worked through everything it tossed at her. She started a business and made it a success. She married a handsome man. She raised two beautiful children.
Then one night as she was driving her son home from hockey, a drunk driver crossed the centre line of Highway 7 and smashed head-on into her van. Her femur snapped and came jutting through the skin of her leg. Her calcaneous was turned to dust. In an instant of callous disregard, the fruits of her labours were stolen from her.
What did she do? Did she roll over? Curl up into a ball? Run and hide under the porch to lick her wounds in the dark?
She started working through the pain and impairment. She's still working through it. She gets up every day and presses forward. She looks to a chiropractor and massage therapist in Kanata for weekly therapy. She calls upon a talented occupational therapist from time to time for guidance. And she presses forward.
We were able to successfully settle her case recently just weeks before trial.
For her, justice was not quick in coming. But it came in full measure.
Good things come to those who wait. Better things come to those who work hard, sweat and persevere.