Here are 5 amazing stories from 4 people who have struggled with some form of a disability. Each of their stories is unique, and presents the challenges they faced and the different experiences they had in accepting and growing beyond them. Apart from their differences, it becomes clear that they each grew to have something in common; a desire to live their lives to their fullest potential, regardless of the circumstances they found themselves in. Please take some time and listen to their stories, which are both courageous and inspiring.
Nick Vujicic was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterized by the lack of all four limbs. In this video Nick talks about his struggle with his disability until he was 17 years old, when he fully accepted his condition and started his non profit organization: Life Without Limbs. Nick now presents motivational speeches around the world, where he focuses on what is is like living with a disability, finding ones purpose and being hopeful throughout all of our challenges.
This video tracks the progress of Arthur Boorman - a disabled veteran from the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991) on his quest to regain control of his life. When Arthur decided to take control of his life choices he was 297 lb., was using crutches, leg braces, needed to wear a back brace, and had sleep apnea as well as other symptoms of poor health. With a ton of hard work, mindful dietary decisions and support, in less then 6 months Arthur lost 100 lb. and gained back his strength. Watch Arthurs transformation which has inspired so many people to take control of their life - no matter what situation they find themselves in.
Phil Hansen talks about his difficult journey with art after he developed a tremor in his hand that limited his ability to use the pointillism technique which he loved, and used to depict his own artistic style. Hansen had to make a tough choice; abandon art or to embrace the shake and go beyond it.
Aimee Mullins who has broken records at the Paralympic Games in 1996, and now has created a career in the realm of acting, modeling and activism gives a talk about her experience wearing prosthetic legs - and the ways they have helped her make the many achievements she has.
Krista Jordan, Ph.D., ABPP