It might be easy for you to merely hear about multiple disabilities affecting people that you are not attached to. However, it can be another story altogether to read true stories of people who have lived their entire lives with severe, numerous disabilities. Mary, a Disability Living reader, is one such person.
Mary has several conditions that are debilitating. Still, she has managed to create a good life for herself. Interested in hearing more about this amazing person? Here is Mary’s story.
Mary is both deaf and visually impaired.
Mary, who has multiple disabilities, was adopted as a child. Her foster parents began relocating to several different areas of Canada when she was just 2 years old. Mary attended various deaf schools depending on where she lived.
Mary discovered at a young age that she was not only visually impaired and deaf, she also had a hole in her heart.
Her foster parents responded to this news by agreeing to let her have a surgery she desperately needed. At age 15, Mary underwent heart surgery. This put her in the hospital for 2 weeks. In Mary’s own words that she spoke at that time, “I wanted to die.”
Despite her multiple disabilities, Mary not only graduated high school, she even attended college.
Mary attended college for 2 years. Considering the severity of her disabilities, it is amazing that she was able to accomplish this. Mary was never previously taught Sign Language or to read or write.
Today, Mary is married with 5 children. None of her children are deaf. While Mary still has heart problems, she is choosing to live her life with a positive attitude.
Mary is living proof that a person’s will is stronger than disability or circumstances.
Mary has not had an easy life. She is severely disabled in multiple ways and has also endured various forms of terrible abuse. Yet, her life has been fruitful and full. She attended college and has a family. How is this possible?
Hellen Keller said, “All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” This is profound and true. This overcoming is present and obvious in Mary’s life. It lifted her from disastrous circumstances to a life of family, love, and positivity.
If Mary can overcome such circumstances, can you do the same?
Note: This blog post was inspired by a true story. The individual’s name has been changed for her protection.
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