‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

‘How I Led Amputees Up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel

Partial transcript from video on the BBC page:

Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.

You set your limits.

You set your limitations and never say never

View the video with the interview here:

‘How I led amputees up Mt Kilimanjaro’ by Mona Patel – BBC

Mona Patel lost her leg after being hit by a drunk driver. Now she has set up a foundation that supports other amputees.

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Hit by a drunken driver at 17, she gives other amputees hope

Excerpts:

On a spring day in 1990, Mona Patel was walking to class at Cal Poly University when a drunken driver slammed into her. She was 17.

“I flew up about 12 feet,” Patel said. “And then he pinned me between his car and a metal railing, and that’s what smashed my leg and my foot.”
Patel’s body, and future, were forever altered.

Weeks later, when Patel got out of the ICU, she underwent her first amputation. It was the start of seven years’ worth of surgeries in attempts to salvage the rest of her leg.

Patel went on to earn a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, and became a social worker.

But along the way, as Patel continued to struggle physically with her disability, she also struggled to find a support group for amputees.

…Today, Patel’s nonprofit, the San Antonio Amputee Foundation, aims to help amputees rebuild their lives.

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High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’

I thought this was a very sweet, uplifting story.

High School Senior Gives Up Playing in Marching Band to Serve as Blind Classmate’s ‘Eyes’  

by Katie Kindelan

When the Laingsburg High School marching band performs on their Michigan school’s football field, one band member marches without an instrument.

Rachael Steffens, 17, gave up playing clarinet in the band for her senior year to help bandmate Autumn Michels, who is visually impaired.

“I was excited to do it,” Rachael told ABC News, adding how much she enjoys having Autumn in the band. “She’s always making jokes, and it makes band a lot more fun.”

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Little Girl Born Without A Face Defies Odds To Make It To Ninth Birthday

Little Girl Born Without A Face Defies Odds To Make It To Ninth Birthday

This story made me tear up a little bit when I saw it.

The family needs donations to help pay for additional surgeries for their little girl, which you can donate to at her GO FUND ME page.

What a wonderful family she has. The article says one of the only reasons the little girl made it this long is due to the love and care of her family.

The family says that little Vitória is being bullied for her appearance – that infuriates me. People shouldn’t be bullying her for how she looks, nor do I care for the comments below the Daily Mail tweet of this where people basically suggesting that her mother should have had an abortion!

Could you imagine if this were you, and you saw online comments from people suggesting you shouldn’t have even been born and all due to a physical disability? I wish people were not so cruel.

I hope Vitória is able to ignore and brush off the haters and just live her life.

Girl born without a FACE defies the odds to reach her ninth birthday thanks to her family’s devotion after doctors refused to feed her and told them to plan her funeral

August 2017

A girl who was born without a face because of a rare condition has defied the odds to reach her ninth birthday thanks to her family’s love.

Vitória Marchioli, from Barra de São Francisco in Brazil, has the genetic disorder Treacher Collins syndrome which prevented 40 of her facial bones from developing properly.

As a baby, with her her eyes, mouth and nose displaced, doctors doubted she would survive her first few hours of life.

They even refused to feed her, told the family to go home and wait for their daughter to die and to start making funeral arrangements.

But earlier this month, she reached her ninth birthday, defying medics who say the only reason she is alive is due to her parents’ thorough care and devotion.

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Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

Idaho man working toward Iron Man goal decades after paralysis

Formerly Paralyzed Man Trains to Compete in Ironman

by B. Shiff

August 2017

After more than two decades, Rod Hutchins is finally very close to accomplishing his lifelong goal of completing an Ironman, the grueling, non-stop race that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2-mile run.

But Hutchins was once far from ready to race. Diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome in the 1990s, Hutchins was paralyzed from the waist down, he told ABC affiliate KIFI. The syndrome causes muscle weakness and pain as the body’s immune system starts to attack its nervous system.

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Story of Anchor Byron Pitts – From Poverty and Learning Disabilities to a Top Journalist

Story of Anchor Byron Pitts – From Poverty and Learning Disabilities to a Top Journalist

Overcoming Hardship With Hope (interview with Byron Pitts)

Excerpts:

Byron Pitts grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His childhood was filled with overwhelming obstacles. He had a debilitating stutter, a home life that was filled with discord due to his father’s infidelity, and an embarrassing secret: he couldn’t read.

Byron was twelve years old when his parents separated.

…When punishment did not make a difference, she decided to get Byron tested. He can still recall the words of the therapist, “I’m sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Pitts, Byron is functionally illiterate.” His parents did not realize he could not read.

…By the time Byron reached high school he was still struggling with reading. His freshman year he was ranked 310 out of 330 students.

With the coaching of Father Bartholomew, Byron and he mapped out an aggressive study schedule that would improve his grades so he could get into college. It worked…

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News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

News Anchor Melissa Francis: From Failure to Success

Melissa Francis’ journey from child star to news anchor

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But that [Francis’ current success as a news anchor] doesn’t mean Francis hasn’t experienced her fair share of failures along the way.

She’s been spotted wearing a kitchen uniform by her Harvard classmates, been fired from two TV news jobs, fled an early job after her boss’ flirtations went too far, and, upon meeting Megyn Kelly for the first time, accidentally called her “Kelly.”

None of these missteps has held Francis back, and she’s now sharing her secret formula for success in her latest book, “Lessons From the Prairie: The Surprising Secrets to Happiness, Success, and (Sometimes Just) Survival I Learned on America’s Favorite Show” (Weinstein Books, out now).

“Getting fired was devastating, but that’s how I learned how to turn disaster into golden opportunity,” Francis, 44, tells The Post. “I have really and sincerely used it when life has knocked me on my ass.”

She identifies four steps in the survive-and-thrive process.

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Inspirational: Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

Inspirational: Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

Mandy Harvey, Deaf Singer, Finds an Audience. And Leaves It Weeping.

America’s Got Talent’: Watch Deaf Contestant’s Stunning Performance

‘America’s Got Talent’ Judges Wowed by Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey: Watch

Deaf Singer Mandy Harvey Wows America’s Got Talent Judges With Original Song

America, remember this name: Mandy Harvey. The 29-year-old singer, who is deaf, took to the America’s Got Talent stage with an original song, “Try.” Harvey lost all of her hearing when she was 18 and was accompanied on America’s Got Talent with her interpreter, Sarah.

“I have a connective tissue disorder, so basically I got sick and my nerves deteriorated,” she explained to Simon Cowell.

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