- Disabilities & the Disabled
Armless pilot is now Mrs. Jessica Cox Chamberlain
Lady JESSICA COX the armless pilotClick thumbnail to view full-size
Living picture- evidences of what JESSICA COX can do despite her handicap
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Jessica Cox continues to defy odds
UPDATE: Born 29 years ago, Filipino-American Jessica Cox, 29, has again defied odds. She has proven the fact that despite deformities- she was born without arms- people like her can accomplish unusual jobs. Indeed. On Saturday, May 12, 2012, she married a 4thdegree taekwondo black belt and instructor Patrick Chamberlain, after 2 years of dating and 1 year engagement.
Wedding dress designed by a Filipino
Wearing a specially designed wedding dress made by a Filipino designer Francis Libiran, Jessica and Patrick’s wedding was done at St. Andrews Church in Pasadena with Bishop Oscar Solis officiating the ritual. Among invited guests in attendance during the wedding were Ira Kaplan, 14, Teresa, 11, and Anna Buchholz, 18, all three share Jessica’s disability. They were likewise born without arms and looked up to Jessica as their role model.
Jessica’s brother, Jason Cox said: “I am very happy Jessica found Patrick. I wish them a happy marriage together”.
Jessica has bagged other firsts. She’s the first with the kind of her deformity to be granted a pilot’s license and an eloquent motivational speaker, a 2nd degree black belter in taekwondo, a renowned tap dancer. She can type with her toes 25 words per minute. A certified scuba diver, she can dance, play the piano and drive a car. Click for details.
- UPDATE: Jessica M. Cox is engaged to her taekwondo instructor Patrick Chamberlain since May.
About her birth; accomplishments in swimming, gymnastics, tap dancing and martial arts
TWENTY-FIVE years ago JESSICA MACABARE COX was born without any arms. Her mother, Inez, a nurse had her prenatal tests but found nothing wrong with her baby. The baby without her knowing had suffered a rare birth defect. She’s the 2nd of 3 siblings. her elder brother Jason and younger sister Jackie, born to the couple William Cox, a retired American music teacher and Inez Macabare a registered nurse who hails from the municipality of Bobon, Northern Samar
Jessica’s family was very supportive to her knowing fully well her predicament. She was physically active as a child, indulging in physical activities like swimming, gymnastics and tap dancing, said her mother. To further develop and hone her self-confidence, her parents enrolled her in Tae Kwon Do. She was 10 years old. At 14, she earned her first black belt. She continued her interest in martial arts in college; joined and obtained her 2nd black belt in the American Tae Kwon do Association. She’s regarded as the first woman without arms to achieve that feat in the United States.
Jessica attends celebrity status
Jessica Macabare Cox is a media celebrity. She’s been featured in Ellen Degeneres’ hosted program and TV networks like CNN and Fox News. A number of videos showing her flying a plane, demonstrating martial arts stunts and her public appearances engagements are among the contents of You Tube and the internet. Videos and e-mails brimful of praises are posted by her countrymen who are proud of her achievements.
Expert motivational speaker
She graduated psychology from the University of Arizona. In connection with her course, she’s pursuing a career as an international motivational speaker An effective speaker, Jessica has changed people’s lives through the inspiration she brings with her messages of creativity, persistence and fearlessness. Well-known as a motivational speaker- she has been invited to speak before students, teachers and corporate audiences. As she recounts her trials and triumphs her audience derives inspiration and pleasure because of her keen sense of humor. Her approach and insights dealing with the hardships of life provide her listeners good models for solving their own problems.
Jessica overcomes shyness
Jessica can dance and has been doing so for the last 12 years. She vividly recalled how she overcame her childhood shyness when- as part of her dancing lesson- she was made to dance before an audience. It was her first and she requested her dance teacher that she be placed in the back row because of her stage fright. The teacher replied there is no back row. To her great relief when the dance number was ended- there was deafening cheering and clapping. And from that time on she overcome her shyness.
Her feet are hands for eating, writing, typing, driving, etc.
As a student Jessica took notes with her feet; typed her papers with a regular computer keyboard on the floor. From babyhood her feet became her hands. She learned to feed herself and write all with the use of her feet. Initially, her car was fitted with special modifications to suit her disability, but she have them removed and drives the car without any changes. She holds an unrestricted driver’s license.
Learning to fly taught her the true meaning of determination and persistence
Learning how to fly an airplane had significant impact on her life, said Jessica. It was while starting her flight training that she realized the true meaning of determination and persistence. Speaking of airplane’s logistics, it took her 3 years to accomplish what some people could accomplish in 6 months. It required 4 Ercoupes, 3 certified flight instructors, 89 hours of flight training in Florida, California and Arizona to be certified to fly an airplane using only her feet.
Thankful to God, creative, writing a book, and wanting to help people overcome limitations
Jessica has defined creativity as an ingenious way of dealing with a problem. The first challenge she met when she first step into the plane was how to buckle. She solved it her way creatively: buckle the seatbelt first before sitting down, then loosen the straps, stand on the seat and slip into the seatbelt. Once seated, she used her right foot to pull the seatbelt tight, securing it around her hips
She’s thankful to God for all her accomplishments. She feels great and is motivated when told that her wholesome experiences had inspired a great number of people.
Jessica is working on a book entitled “Disarming Prejudice”. Being different from other people, she said, has taught her to be strong and persistent. She wants to make a difference by helping people overcome their limitations.