Helen Keller was born without disabilities. When she was 19 months old, it is suspected she had scarlet fever and lost her sight and ability to hear. When Helen was a young girl, her parents enlisted the help of a young woman named Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan believed in Helen Keller and would not let her give up.
When Helen Keller learned to communicate, a whole new world opened up to her. She went on to become an author, lecturer and a political activist. Helen Keller spread her message of hope and optimism all around the world. Her story continues to inspire people from all over the world.
I became disabled shortly after birth. My only memories are of being disabled. I have been blessed with parents, family and friends who believed in me. Rarely was I ever treated different. I never thought about feeling sorry for myself. I think this is because I was surrounded by people who did not feel sorry for me. I have struggles, there are times I wish my body cooperated, but I don’t believe in focusing on things I can’t change.
I really try to avoid using the word “can’t”, as it seems so permanent. Yes, today I am unable to walk. However, who knows what the future holds. Technology and medical advances may change my abilities. In the meantime, I stay focused on what I can do today. I may have disabilities, I have so many more abilities!
I remain optimistic about my future. There is so much I want to achieve through writing and advocating. There are times I still have doubts and worry I will fail. However, during those times I turn to my support system to help set me straight again! My mom tells me all the time that there is no failure, only lessons learned. There is a great deal to be learned from this quote. Never let doubt and fear overshadow hope and optimism! Look toward the sun!
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’
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