Practice makes perfect. That’s the mantra a woman named Cynthia took to heart while teaching herself how to walk again.
In the video above, the Chicago resident chronicles her story after the onset of multiple sclerosis. “I was paralyzed from the neck down. I didn’t know if I could walk again,” Cynthia says.
She began physical therapy, but had to stop after the treatments became too expensive. Instead, she searched online for other options.
“I really didn’t find anything. But I did find Karen’s website,” she explains. The site she found belonged to Karen Cheng, who had taught herself to dance by practicing every day for a year and whose video had gone viral. Inspired by Cheng’s dedication, Cynthia wrote to the viral star for advice.
“I got an email one day from someone I didn’t know. It was Cynthia,” Cheng says. “She had seen my dance video and she saw that practice pays off.”
Cheng encouraged Cynthia to practice walking every day for 100 days, and shoot videos about her progress. In the video above, Cynthia stretches, takes a few steps with the help of a walker, and eventually walks on her own.
Cynthia is one of the first people to take part in Cheng’s new project called Give It 100, a website that challenges people to learn a new skill by practicing every day for 100 days and share their progress via 10-second daily videos.
Cynthia is currently on her 71st day—you can follow her progress here.
Watch Karen Cheng’s original time lapse dance video: