The Incredible Jessica Cox: The First Female Armless Plane Pilot
Catholic Handicapped Sunday
The first week of December ,as the Advent season opens, is dedicated to all handicapped, in all forms (armless, no feet at all or both). I remember writing a hub about Nick Vujicic, a total handicapped guy but a famous motivational speaker. His female version is Jessica Cox, an inborn armless individual, a Filipino-American licensed pilot, who's also an in-demand motivational speaker, inspiring people to overcome obstacles in life.
The 26-year old Arizona native became the first female armless pilot. Jessica was born without arms and uses his feet since she was able to handle things through it like eating, taking a bath, swimming, dancing, martial arts and the most incredible of all: of being a license pilot!
I've seen her life being featured on popular American TV shows and even here in the Philippines.
Last January this year (2010), Jessica along with her parents, Bill and Inez visited the country, not only to trace her Filipino roots but also inspire her kababayans.
I also searched for videos featuring her exemplary achievement on YouTube. I've learned a lot from several uploaders. I've seen young Jessica eating using her feet, learning to swim. The more matured Jessica concentrated on learning martial arts (and even earned a double degree black belt) and the most farfetched: aiming to become a pilot!
In 2008, the US Federal Aviation Administration gave Jessica her professional pilot's license in order to fulfill her utmost dream.
Truly, her feat is inspiring that other people, whose apathetic view about life is surmounting, could hit their goals.
Pilot Jessica Cox on Inside Edition c/o rightfootedwoman
The Multi-Talented Jessica CoxClick thumbnail to view full-size
Jessica Cox: Inspiring many people
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Jessica Cox, all the possibilities that an individual can learn, nurture and harvest in this lifetime are easily reaped by her. More and more hopeful individuals are eager to listen to her success story despite the fact that she was born armless.
When her family revisited the Philippines, her mother's homeland, she reconnected with her people here by speaking at various venues.
I'm sure, Jessica is thankful to her supportive parents, Bill and Inez, because they are able to provide the TLC (tender loving care), inpiring her to aspire for more, despite of being a handicapped. A happy childhood, a strong drive to achieve and aspire for more; that's what Jessica did by overcoming difficulties by the use of her feet.
Imagining myself on Jessica's shoes, I began retracing what she did since childhood until she was awarded the professional license as the first-ever armless pilot in the USA!
Multi-Tasking Jessica Cox
- As a child, Jessica's dilemna of having no arms was forgotten due to her parent's support. Can I brush my teeth without my arms? Or eat? Or take a bath? Sure, I will persevere just like Jessica did!
- While growing up, Jessica learned how to mingle with other kids without pretentions. Her mother inspired her to learn how to dance and even how to swim.
- With her confidence, she entered a martial arts club and learned the taekwondo. She surpassed all the challenges and now, she's holding a two-degree black belt in this kind of sport discipline.
- Jessica routinely perform her beauty regimen everyday. Wow! She's truly a superwoman.
- Being a professional pilot? With no arms? What a woman!!!
She's perfect! This armless Jessica Cox. Whenever she had the opportunity to talk to the public, she always make it a point to thank her parents for the unconditional love they gave her.
She may not be perfect physcially but her achievements surpass the limitations of the word SUCCESS.
If I'll have a chance to meet Jessica Cox, I'll praise her for the achievements she did in her whole life. Taking a photo of her and asking for her autograph will follow. I pray to God that this will be realized, any time soon.