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5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury

The cover of "5k, Ballet, and a Spinal Cord Injury," which is turquoise with images of pink pointe shoes and a runner's bib with the caption "two girls, one true story."

Jennifer, 15, and Sarah Todd, 11, were both stricken with Transverse Myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by inflammation across the spinal cord. Nearly 1,400 people are stricken with TM each year in the United States.


Jennifer and Sarah Todd's friendship has grown over the years, culminating in this collaborative story of two girls, one a runner and one a dancer, who not only help each other to cope with TM, but beat it!

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Special girls - amazing story

"This book should be placed where anyone with a spinal cord injury can read it. These young ladies' story is a true life account of the adversities they meet and their sprit and determination to move forward with their dreams. They do not 'hope' for a good life—they make it happen."

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"As a mother of a young TMer, I found this book to be amazing and it shows just how inspiring and courageous these young ladies are. My son was 22 months when diagnosed so I have had many questions as he can't explain what some things feel like since it is all he knows. These girls have given me many answers to questions I have had about what it is like for my son and other TMers. I hope they continue to write together about their journey."

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Thoughtful reflection

"This was a very interesting style of presentation, with the two stories mirroring many similarities while each girl shared her experiences and feelings. I was diagnosed with TM over 10 years ago (as an adult), but this is the only thing I have read directly from the perspective of two younger people. Kudos to both Jennifer and Sarah Todd on this publication, and on your individual accomplishments in recovery. Best wishes to both your families, also, for I am sure this diagnosis has impacted them all in some ways."

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