Embracing life

Tonight I watched a program on TLC about a woman who has functioned since she was two years old without legs. Her name is Rose Siggins. Her courage and strength was very inspiring.

Sometimes we think we have it so tough with our day to day problems, but this woman has overcome extraordinary odds to live a normal life doing the things she wants to do: getting married, having a family, she works on cars … She also takes care of her father, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and her brother, who is an adult who has a child’s mind. And she complains about none of it. She’s someone who never lets the little things get her down. For that matter, she doesn’t let the big things get her down, either.

I checked the TLC website just now and the only other time I see the show about her broadcast is at 1 am Eastern Time (in less than two hours).

If you get a chance to watch it, please do. I’ll try and keep an eye out for when the program is broadcast again.

I found a good partial summary of what I saw on the TLC channel here. Here’s a snippet:

Rose has great moral strength and a remarkable attitude. She says “A lot of people with disabilities feel that life owes them something, and I was raised in a way that no, no-one owes you a dime. The world doesn’t owe you anything, this is what you have and you use your resources and you get through life. My personal opinion is, get up and go for it, just do it.”

Disabilities or not, that’s good advice for everyone, you know?

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