Hi my name is Paige and this is my story.
I was born missing the fingers on my right hand. But I can do everything that everyone else can do.
I had never used a prosthetic until I turned 14, when I got a prosthetic from the company Touch Bionics. I can move each finger on the prosthetic my doing certain motions with my little hand inside the prosthetic.
I have encountered questions my entire life from both adult and children alike. Recently I was in an elementary school working the children and a child asked about my hand.
I gave my usual speech, â€œYou know how I have blonde hair and you have brown hair? That's because everyone is born different right?â€
Only this time the child responded with, â€œNot where I come from, maybe where you come from people are like that, but not here.â€
With soldiers coming home from war, and people losing limbs in many different scenarios, people are being exposed to more and more â€œdifferencesâ€.
Basically the point I am trying to make is don’t concentrate on what someone doesn’t have. Concentrate on what they do. Teach your children to accept everyone. I always meet parents who scold their children for asking what happened to my hand, but truthfully that makes them afraid. It makes being different into something that should be looked down on, as if it is something bad. Let them ask questions, let them learn that being different is OKAY!
And to the people like me, or just anyone that has to overcome some kind of obstacle, remember, there is nothing that you can do about it. It is something that you may always have to live with, so why not make the best of it. If you are positive about a situation life becomes 10000 times easier.
And to end on a good note, I can make a smily face with my hand. Have a good day!
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