Peo­ple Who In­spire

Reader's Digest International - - Editor's Note -

“I CAN NEVER WALK AGAIN, but I will fly.”

Af­ter Dorine Bour­ne­ton of France was ren­dered para­plegic in a light-plane crash, the then 16-year-old as­pir­ing pi­lot never gave up on her dream to fly. Not only did Dorine get her pi­lot’s li­cense but along the way the wife and mother of one al­most sin­gle-hand­edly con­vinced the French gov­ern­ment to change ex­ist­ing laws so that the hand­i­capped could be­come pro­fes­sional pi­lots. Her crown­ing mo­ment came when she was given per­mis­sion to fly aer­o­bat­ics at the Paris Air Show at Le Bour­get on June 19, 2015. “Free as Air” is an in­spi­ra­tion to us all.

In our Bonus Read this month, we share au­thor Clau­dia Corn­wall’s jour­ney with her hus­band Gor­don af­ter he is di­ag­nosed with a par­tic­u­larly deadly form of skin can­cer. The cou­ple re­searched, ques­tioned, and per­se­vered un­til they found a drug trial that would, in the end, leave Gor­don can­cer free. Don’t miss “Con­test With Can­cer.”

With this Novem­ber is­sue, many of our read­ers are start­ing to think about and get­ting ready for the Christ­mas sea­son. Join us on a jour­ney of sea­sonal de­lights from Madrid to Tallinn, as we share the sights, sounds and fla­vors of Christ­mas mar­kets across the Con­ti­nent in our photo es­say, “Mak­ing Merry”.

As we head into the time of year with the fewest hours of day­light, we hope th­ese sto­ries of re­silience in­spire and lighten your days.

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