Imagine for a moment that you have suffered a catastrophic injury that leaves you physically impaired for the rest of your life. For most people, their lives would be filled with incredible challenges as they relearn to navigate their world without the use of the disabled parts of their body. Would you, like so many people, choose to meet these challenges head on or would you let your disability define your existence?
If you think this is a difficult decision to make, now consider for a moment that you were born with a physical impairment. Would your answer be the same? For a lot of people, this question may be incredibly difficult to answer because they aren't sure how they might react. But if they look at the story we are about to present, then they might see that there is hope of living a normal life with a disabling impairment.
The story we'd like to present is that of Jessica Cox who was born without arms. From an early age she was met with the incredible challenge of learning how to do things using only her feet. After years of practice though, she finally mastered using her feet like arms, eventually gaining the ultimate achievement: earning her pilot's license. She now holds the Guinness World Record for being the first person to earn a pilot's license using only their feet.
Her story stands as an inspiration to many who have questions like the one we pose in today's post title. Her story shows that with time and perseverance, you can overcome a disabling impairment -- even achieving a relatively normal and successful life. For many, Social Security disability benefits can help with that goal because they give you the funding you need to pay for physical therapy and medical devices that can help you relearn how to navigate the world around you.
As we have said before on this blog though, the application process is complex and not all applications are approved on the first try. If this happens to you, you can seek help from a lawyer who can help you get the benefits you may need to start living the life you deserve.
Source: KERO News, "Woman born without arms earns pilot license, breaks Guinness World Record," Feb. 28, 2015