10 Most Inspirational Stories of the Physically Challenged

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

Jean-Dominique Bauby in roomWhen 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 ‘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.



Kristy Ramirez is a fitness fanatic who spends her mornings on the treadmill and her evenings writing about health and fitness.

6 thoughts on “10 Most Inspirational Stories of the Physically Challenged

  • August 22, 2013 at 3:02 am

    these lines are all nice

  • May 25, 2013 at 5:31 am

    It’s truly inspiring to read these lines.

  • May 15, 2013 at 7:25 am

    this is very inspirational thank you

  • January 1, 2013 at 5:16 am


    I think myself that “Physically and Psychologically challenged” is to be regarded as correct order.But taking the help of the terminology of science of medicine should be more correctly and perfectly addressed for expression.

    Thanks for giving such opportunities

  • January 15, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    I know that you are supose to use people fist language such as that child who has ___ inseatd of that ___ child. but is mentally and physically challenged the correct term? I have also heard impaired and others, but I am not sure which one is correct, since they keep chaning the official language.

  • January 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Kristy!

    This was a very inspirational post.

    It goes to show you that no matter what we go through, if we have the determination and laser precision we can do anything.

    Thanks for sharing!



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