Helen Keller was born without disabilities. When she was 19 months old, it is suspected she had scarlet fever and lost her sight and ability to hear. When Helen was a young girl, her parents enlisted the help of a young woman named Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan believed in Helen Keller and would not let her give up.
When Helen Keller learned to communicate, a whole new world opened up to her. She went on to become an author, lecturer and a political activist. Helen Keller spread her message of hope and optimism all around the world. Her story continues to inspire people from all over the world.
By Helen Keller
I became disabled shortly after birth. My only memories are of being disabled. I have been blessed with parents, family and friends who believed in me. Rarely was I ever treated different. I never thought about feeling sorry for myself. I think this is because I was surrounded by people who did not feel sorry for me. I have struggles, there are times I wish my body cooperated, but I don’t believe in focusing on things I can’t change.
I really try to avoid using the word “can’t”, as it seems so permanent. Yes, today I am unable to walk. However, who knows what the future holds. Technology and medical advances may change my abilities. In the meantime, I stay focused on what I can do today. I may have disabilities, I have so many more abilities!
Making lemonade out of lemons!
I remain optimistic about my future. There is so much I want to achieve through writing and advocating. There are times I still have doubts and worry I will fail. However, during those times I turn to my support system to help set me straight again! My mom tells me all the time that there is no failure, only lessons learned. There is a great deal to be learned from this quote. Never let doubt and fear overshadow hope and optimism! Look toward the sun!
Until next time, Keep Rollin’ and Keep Smilin’
Starring Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson, Andrew Prine