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Bethany, My Granddaughter has a Question
OliviaV posted:
Hello Bethany,

My granddaughter considers you a role model. She asked me to post her questions because she is so excited about you being here on WebMD.

Quote: " Hello, my name is Celeste and I am 11 years old. I did a report about you a few weeks ago. My teacher asked us to write about our favorite famous person and I picked you. I read your book and hope to see your movie. (If my Nana lets me) You set a big example in my life; to never give up. I have a few questions for you.

1 How did you conquer your fear of getting back in the water?

2 When they found the shark were you happy, or scared?

3 How often do you surf? I never tried but it looks fun and a liitle bit scary.

Thank you" :)
Bethany Hamilton responded:
Hi Celeste! For me, not getting back in the water was a scarier thought. It would mean my whole lifestyle changing, and maybe even my family's too. I'm so passionate about surfing so the thought of leaving that lifestyle where I'm at the beach, in the water every day, was devastating. I really wanted to at least try surfing with one arm. And I figured that if it wasn't possible I'd pursue something else. But that wasn't the case, and now I am a professional surfer living my dream and working on achieving my goals!

When they found the shark, I was a little bit relieved, but also a little sad cause I love the ocean and sharks are a major part of the eco-system.

I surf everyday when I'm home and there's waves! Also I'm a professional surfer, so I travel a lot around the world for surf competitions and surf trips.


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