Adversities occur every day. Our road to success is fraught with obstacles that, in some situations, might get too hard for us to overcome. Yet, what we need to keep in mind is the basic thing that our life, our body, is capable of working under the most extreme of situations, only if we have the willpower to do so.
Everything rests on how much our mind and our will can convince the body to work under duress. As it stands, our life is never a bed of roses. It is more of a bed of thorns that we have to lie at the end of the day. We can complain, we can whine, we can hate our lot in life, but at the end of the day, we have to understand that life is never fair. We have to make the best out of what we have, even if that means living with a disability.
Living With A Disability
This article doesn’t, under any circumstance, compares the struggles of disabled people with that of normal (what society considers) people. Disabled people, even with all the laws in place, tend to be discriminated against in their educational institutions, and their professional workplace. They live a hard life, and in most situations are prone to depression, especially if their disability comes late in their life. Throughout centuries, people who are differently abled have always been considered the weakest of the population.
In fact, most of them see life as a mission that they have to accomplish at whatever the cost. Their willpower, their zeal to make something out of their life, is astounding and keeps on inspiring people throughout the globe.
This is the story of one mother and her child, who was born without arms, and a heart defect, who didn’t allow their disability to rule their life.
An inspiring story of a mother and her son
What’s admirable is the fact that even if they see themselves differently they still hope for the best. It is a true thing, that hope runs the world. Even when they go to sleep at night, realizing that their life would never be like the people around them, they still expect a ray of light at the end of the tunnel, which is enough to inspire them to heights of success; that they or people around them, wouldn’t even think of.
Linda Bannon, a 35-year-old woman, who suffers from Holt-Oram syndrome, that has led to her living without arms, and a malfunction in the heart has never accepted the fact that her disability would run her life for her. Even though she accepts how tough life can be, even without the smallest of body parts, she knew that she had to live back then, and she still knows that despite her struggle every single day, she is headed for success.
She uses her feet to do the chores
With exceptional talent, she learned to use her remaining appendages (her feet) to work and do almost everything. From brushing to typing, cooking, and to sewing, she learned to use her legs. This is admirable because most people can’t even do that properly with their hands.
At the age of 12, she decided to learn everything she could. In order to prove to herself, and the people around her, that she was capable. Even though she had to face taunts from her peers, she didn’t let this put her down. With her head held high, she moved on with her life. But, what is also important is familial support. She has been blessed with a husband, who never cared that his wife didn’t fall under society’s standards of “normal”. Richard and Linda got married in 2004 after their love blossomed at a gym.
Teaching her son everything she knows
In their happy life, came a child-their child. Linda knew very well, that her child had a 50% possibility of going through the same deficit that she has. Despite that, she went on with it and promised herself that she would never let her child feel like an alien in a society, weak and vulnerable. She vowed to teach him everything she knew. Timmy was born, with the same condition as his mother, and the doctors had to operate him just to live.
Trying to live a normal life even when life throws fire at you, is extremely tough for people. Despite that, Linda and her son have decided to go through their lives like no one’s business, and not let their physical disabilities ruin it. Even though Timmy sometimes gets frustrated with things that he can’t do, he remembers the things that he can, and that is enough to light up a smile on the boy’s face.