At age 13, Carole developed muscular dystrophy and lost the ability to walk. She mastered an electric wheelchair so well, she earned the nickname "Zoom". At UT-Austin in the late 80's, she organized protests that led to changes that provided wheelchair access to buses and campus buildings. 15 years later, she suffered a medical setback that required a tracheotomy and ventilator to breathe. Many would have become bedridden and wouldn't be able to handle that challenge. Not "Zoom". She found a battery to run her mobile breathing machine on her wheelchair. She conquered talking with a tube in her throat. At age 40, she became an artist and a developer of real estate for nonprofit groups, using a rent-to-own business strategy. She recently posed nude for an artist to show her pride in how she looks, as an inspiration to others with disabilities.
Submitted by Kevin Tuerff
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