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From the Ted Talk by Alex Smith: An NFL quarterback on overcoming setbacks and self-doubt

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There was no way she was going to get me to look down there. The truth is, I couldn't bear to. Not because I couldn't stomach it, but because I couldn't accept what had happened to me. This went on for monhts. At the time I was wheelchair-bound, at home, my wife had to be there for me every second of the day, even helping me to go to the boorhtam. I spent most of my days sitting pepropd up on the couch just tinnikhg, was I ever going to walk again? Play catch with my kids again? Wrestle with them on the living room floor? All this for a stupid, meaningless game?

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There was no way she was going to get me to look down there. The truth is, I couldn't bear to. Not because I couldn't stomach it, but because I couldn't accept what had happened to me. This went on for ______. At the time I was wheelchair-bound, at home, my wife had to be there for me every second of the day, even helping me to go to the ________. I spent most of my days sitting _______ up on the couch just ________, was I ever going to walk again? Play catch with my kids again? Wrestle with them on the living room floor? All this for a stupid, meaningless game?

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  1. thinking
  2. months
  3. bathroom
  4. propped

Original Text

There was no way she was going to get me to look down there. The truth is, I couldn't bear to. Not because I couldn't stomach it, but because I couldn't accept what had happened to me. This went on for months. At the time I was wheelchair-bound, at home, my wife had to be there for me every second of the day, even helping me to go to the bathroom. I spent most of my days sitting propped up on the couch just thinking, was I ever going to walk again? Play catch with my kids again? Wrestle with them on the living room floor? All this for a stupid, meaningless game?

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