Sometimes, the higher you set your sights, the harder it is for anyone or anything to stop you from reaching your goals.

    The world is full of amazing stories of people who faced extraordinary setbacks and rose up to achieve something incredible. Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. At age 17, John Tartaglio had his athletic hopes dashed when he lost his legs and part of his arm to muscle-eating bacteria, but in 2009 he crossed the finish line at the New York City Marathon. Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson went from a 19-year prison sentence to serving delicacies like foie gras.

    Here, we’ve selected five of our favorite triumphs from the OWN archives.