People who are physically challenged are sometimes wrongly regarded by some as not being able to contribute to society in any meaningful way because of their disability, but there are many whose strength of character and will to overcome all odds, have done more than just prove they can equal the efforts of our best not physically challenged community members.
Many have achieved more, much more. It appears that as long as the person has the passion and spark for life, the achievements of that person can become unbelievably outstanding as many of the following ten inspirational stories attest to. Besides being inspirational to other physically challenged people they are equally inspirational to those of us who feel we are unable to make a difference and give up trying when the obstacles we face are minuscule compared to what these people have had to overcome.
1. Jean-Dominique Bauby
When Jean-Dominique Bauby, former French journalist, and editor of the famous fashion magazine ‘Elle’, suffered a massive heart attack which resulted in him being left with Locked-in Syndrome, he never gave up.
Locked-in Syndrome is a neurological disorder that leaves the body paralysed from head to toe despite the mind being left intact. Bauby discovered that he could blink his left eyelid and that was all he needed to write a book. He wrote his book â€˜The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ by blinking his left eye when a person reading out letters from the alphabet spoke the correct letter. He died two days after the book was published.