"If I Can't Walk, I'll Fly!" Author And Speaker Janine Shepherd Soars On The International Stage

Australian author and motivational speaker Janine Shepherd is an inspiration to us all. The former Olympian hopeful in cross-country skiing experienced a horrific accident while training and was told she would never walk again, have children or achieve her life goals. Well, Janine achieved all of these, and so much more. The self-described "walking paraplegic" not only walked again, she learned to fly — becoming a licensed commercial pilot and aerobatics instructor. In her personal life, she had three children, one of whom is following in her footsteps, carrying the torch for her Olympic dream.

A household name in her native Australia with four bestselling books under her belt, Janine also has had her life story told in an award-winning feature film, was named one of the "Ten Outstanding Young People in the World" by Junior Chamber International, and has been honored for her work as a patron of Australasian Spinal Research.

She now has set her sights on the United States with her first book The Gift of Acceptance, which launched nationwide this summer from Hallmark Publishing. Shepherd believes that acceptance is the greatest gift of all, and one that is necessary to nurture in order to move on from tragedy to find fulfillment. The book is a collection of her wisdom, insight and advice "I hope to have my memoirs released in the near future," she says. "I plan to relocate to the U.S. to continue to share my message with as many people as possible."