Born in Sweden to loving Christian parents eager to cherish their first-born child, Lena Maria Johansson was especially blessed from the start. But at first, her parents despaired: Their beloved baby girl emerged drastically deformed, without arms and with only one fully formed leg and foot, the other leg markedly shorter and misshapen. Yet, Lena's parents were not to be daunted. Their love for their daugter knew no bounds. Lena's father's response when he saw his daughter for the first time was, "Arms or no arms, she will need a home anyway." Thus, with compassion and abiding love but never pity, the Johanssons raised the remarkable girl who is today Lena Maria Klingvall, a woman of indomitable spirit and unshakable faith. Fueled by her parents' unceasing faith in her, Lena learned to use her feet to do all manner of things, from basic self-care to playing keyboards and driving a car. From early on, Lena refused "special" status, preferring instead to learn how to accomplish things her own way. In her own words, "I prefer to rejoice in what I can do--not mourn what I can't." In that spirit, Lena has not only learned to play keyboards and drive a car, but also to conduct a choir, develop a successful professional singing career and complete in the Paralympics in Seoul, Korea.
Born drastically deformed to loving, Christian parents in Sweden, Klingvall has overcome her disabilities and now offers her inspiring true story of courage, triumph, joy, love, and faith.
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