REGISTER VIEWPOINT: Angie's inspiration

We're sure she wants, like most people, simply to get on with her life, and not have to worry about being an inspiration to anyone.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

We're sure she wants, like most people, simply to get on with her life, and not have to worry about being an inspiration to anyone.

But the fact is, you can't help but draw inspiration from the life of Angie Giummo.

She and her family tell us she doesn't dwell on having lived nearly all of her 25 years without the use of her body. In fact, for all but the first three weeks of her life, she's known nothing else.

Angie -- it's hard to refer to her, by cold convention, by her last name only -- was an infant riding in a car with her parents when the car crash that killed her mother changed everything forever. No one knew then about the elaborate safety devices we use today without a second thought, and it seemed at first Angie had weathered the crash without major injury. That wasn't the case, and the little baby from Norwalk grew into an adult battling one set of odds after another.

The portrait presented to us with Angie's story in the Register was a young woman determined to wrest the best out of each day, determined to live, and do it all smiling.

It's not up to Angie Giummo to inspire us. She owes us nothing. By the fact of her life, though, she leaves inspiration lying around for anyone who chooses to pick it up, and like so many truly positive things, the taking of it only makes it grow.

And in what is supposed to be a season of giving and joy and peace, it's up to us to take inspiration where we can find it.

Thanks, Angie.