This afternoon I received a very inspirational and supportive phone call from Stephen Fangio. Several years ago, at the age of 22, Steve lost his left leg as a result of a motorcycle accident and has since made it his goal to play golf professionally on the Champions Tour. Steve and I were connected through a hometown friend of our family, Amy, who is producing a new television show called Improving your Handicap where Steve is the host. This new TV series follows Steve and his story in golf and other inspirational stories of overcoming one’s handicap. Steve not only has overcome his handicap in golf, but has done so at the same time of operating a family business, flying his airplane, restoring cars, and being a motivational speaker and golf coach.
In talking with Steve it was interesting to hear about his experiences and some of the things that he has learned along the way. For instance, Steve talked about the remarkable ability of the body to adapt to impairment. He compared his adaptation to the loss of his leg with that of a blind person whose other four senses become stronger. Relying on a single leg and crutches, this means my arms and upper body will become stronger and my balance will get better. Steve, it was truly an honor to be able to talk to you as I prepare for this life changing event tomorrow; thank you for your insights. And thank you to all my friends and family for the overwhelming support!