Jessica stated ” Handicaps are mindsets. Whatever it is that stands in the ways of achieving something, that’s when it’s a handicap. I prefer to see them as obstacles or challenges. This is how I’ve been in my whole life. I don’t know any different. I just live my life through my feet.”
Truly agree with you Jessica “Disabilities are not limited to physical. They should not stand in the way of success, there’s no handicap to success.”
Jessica Cox life
Jessica Cox is born in 1983 in Tuscon, Arizona. She is born without arms due to rare birth defects which even doctors not able to diagnose this rare congenital defect. Jessica’s parent William Cox and Inez Cox took her to the various doctor for why she born without arms but there was no response. So Jessica started to do things and daily chores with the help of her feet, which other people do those by their hands. Jessica’s father William Cox shared ‘she never dropped a tear because of her birth condition’ that’s her ignited spirit. Her mother Inez cox is the nurse and her father William Cox is a retired music teacher.
Jessica at the age of 3, enrolled in gymnastic classes. And by the age of 6, Jessica started swimming in the backyard pool and tapping out rhythms in the dance class. Swimming and dancing without arms are not at all easy tasks but she accepted itas challenge and moved on with a determination of doing it with an exceptional condition. When the first dance performance arrived she asked to be put on the back row, but her dance teacher told her there was no back row. She performed well as other children have done. Jessica graduated from the University Of Arizona in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. If anything, Cox has achieved more than an average person. Jessica got trained under Jim Cunningham a taekwondo instructor.
At the age of 14, Jessica got the first Black belt in the International Taekwondo Federation. By this, she started her name encrypted in World’s Guinness Book record. Jessica credited her parents for her role models and pillar of support.
During college, Jessica found an ATA Martial Arts club and started again training in sports Taekwondo. She had to relearn all the colour belt materials. Her instructor Cunningham supported her and created such an environment for future armless students. Jessica then became the first armless person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
An Armless pilot
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I know everyone eager to know how an armless woman has flown an aeroplane with her feet. Jessica always imagined to fly and experience her superpowers. You will not believe that Jessica had a fear to fly on a commercial plane since childhood. Years later she realized her imagination has become reality. Becoming a pilot making people fly in the eyes of many that makes her extraordinary. After getting training on how to fly for 3 yrs, she became capable and learned how to fly an unmodified aeroplane with her feet. She earned the title of a first-ever armless pilot in 2008.
Not only this, Jessica with the help of her 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane, received the Guinness World record for being the first women in the history to be certified to fly an aeroplane with only their feet.
Jessica performs all activities by her feet like cooking, eating, swimming, ice skating and many more activities. Jessica got married to Patrick Chamberlain Taekwondo instructor in 2012. Jessica living her life like God haven’t made any mistake while making her. The armless congenital defect is not at all defect for her but sure the power and opportunity to go beyond average. She has taken this opportunity to encourage people and clearing their concepts about disability is not a curse but the strongest power to prove yourself.
Jessica said ‘Desire is 80 per cent of success. Persistence means never give up. Never allow your fear to stand in the way of your opportunity.‘
Jessica published her autobiographical self-help book, Disarm your limit in 2015. In today’s world, Jessica works as a motivational speaker and she travels the world to motivate people by sharing her own inspirational story. Till now she shared her motivational message by travelling to 20 different countries.
Jessica Cox 34-year-old lady without arms stand out inspiration to all of us. Nothing is impossible in this world – I think this is proved by her. Never think yourself low, it’s your desire low so keep your desire high and achieve your goals.
Video courtesy to Nick Spark for making film documentary of Jessica’s life.