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Looking on the bright side: Paralyzed woman recounts what it took to succeed

It took perhaps a second to change the rest of Brooke Ellison's life irrevocably. She was 11 years old when a car hit her on a busy street, paralyzing her from the neck down. It certainly limited her options, but she still got an education, got a degree from Harvard, and went on to become a professor herself.

She tells the story of keeping her eyes on her eyes on her goals in a new memoir, Look Both Ways. This is a followup to an earlier memoir that Christopher Reeve turned into a movie.

Brooke Ellison visits the JX to add detail to what she put in the book.

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