It was one of baseball's greatest moments: San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky surviving cancer surgery in his throwing arm and only a year later in August 1989 in a miraculous comeback bid pitching seven flawless innings against the Cincinnati Reds.
Melanie Murphy of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, thought at first that her son Cole just had a speech delay. He would say only a few words, and I couldn't understand what they were, said Murphy, 36, in a telephone interview, of her then three-year-old son.
This columnist recently featured Joni Eareckson Tada, a 40-year survivor of spinal cord injury, who broke her neck while diving into Maryland's Chesapeake Bay in 1967. She uses an electric wheelchair, and has paralysis in all four limbs.
Stacy Picard of Knoxville, Iowa, thought having a fifth child would be easy. The first couple children you worry about something going wrong, but after that you don't even think about the possibility of a disability, said 30-year-old Picard in a telephone interview.