Teenager recovering from rare condition



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Whiteland graduate Jessica Bechman received a $31,000 scholarship from the Simon Youth Foundation and will attend the University of Evansville in the fall. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Whiteland graduate Jessica Bechman overcame many medical problems to get herself out of this wheelchair and back on her feet. Bechman recently received a $31,000 scholarship from the Simon Youth Foundation and will attend the University of Evansville in the fall. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal


Jessica Bechman remembers the looks she got when sitting in her wheelchair.

She didn’t have the strength to move her arms and legs properly and could feel the stares from people as they passed her and her friends and family in the aisles of a department store.

She could tell some of the people pitied her, even though they didn’t say anything. Others just ignored her.

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