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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Our family traveled throughout the West this summer. We saw a number of folks who were missing an arm or a leg.

One middle-aged man with only one leg was making it around on the boardwalk at the geyser basin near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.

Someone came up to him and said, “You are a real inspiration to me, going around on this boardwalk. At this elevation, it's 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, it's 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.Va.

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