The other day I came across two inspiring stories, both of which featured people who were able to defy the odds and accomplish things that their doctors thought they would never be able to do. 

Story # 1   (Watch Video)

The first story was about a young boy named Ezra Prashad. Ezra was diagnosed with a myriad of disabilities when he was just 23 weeks gestational age.These disabilities included Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, just to name a few. Doctors told Ezra's parents that their son would have no function below his waist and even asked if they wanted to abort him because of his disabilities. Thankfully, Ezra’s parents rejected the notion of aborting their precious son and were determined to make his life the best that it could be! 

After numerous surgeries, Ezra begin to crawl on his own in September of 2016. He is now able to walk with a walker. Currently, Ezra and his dad love to walk to the park together, where they can dance on a tree stump. 

The video ends with Ezra's dad remarking "I don't know if he will be able to do anything more then he's currently capable of, but what he can do now is far beyond anything we thought he could accomplish."

Story #2 (Read Article)

The second-story that I came across was about a young woman named Victoria Arlen, who is currently a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.  Victoria’s story is inspiring: she spent four years in what doctors considered to be a "vegetative state" before she began to regain some of her abilities. 

After two years of Arlen's body being in that “vegetative state", she regained her mental ability to process and understand the world around her. However, she could not demonstrate this physically. 

Finally, in 2009, Victoria started to recover physically: slowly gaining back her ability to talk and swallow. In spite of accomplishing all of this, she was told by doctors that she was permanently paralyzed due to her damaged spinal cord. They told her that she would never walk again and would have to get used to being in a wheelchair.

Despite this prognosis, Victoria was once again determined to prove the doctors wrong, and that's exactly what she did! After countless hours spent in rehab, she regained the ability to walk again.


The Moral of these Stories:

So much can be learned from reading these stories. They are both stories of people who have been written off by some of the most educated people on the planet. In spite of this, they held onto the hope that was needed to overcome the massive obstacles that they faced. They proved to the world that anything is possible, despite the bleak circumstances that you may find yourself in. 

Furthermore, in both instances the person facing a life and death situation was supported in a life-affirming manner by their family and loved ones. This gave them the encouragement and opportunity to do what doctors said they could not do. 

The moral of these stories is that there is always hope to hang onto, even if it is very small. There is always potential to beat the odds and to be cured of your ailments, but that is not possible when you don't have: determination, hope, patience, or the support of those around you. 

In our current culture today. these are some of the things we lack most:

·         We often are impatient and let the stats or odds dictate the situations that we find ourselves in.

·         We give up on people in their hardest times, instead of encouraging them to fight on, and giving them the time and resources that they need to reach their potential. 

You have to remember that for every one of these stories, there are hundreds with sad endings. Inevitably there will be some with sad endings, but even a sad ending can have a positive impact on the world if everyone involved knows they did all they could to fight until the very end. Doing this will leave everyone involved at peace.

Along with this, the person who they were supporting may serve as an inspiration to them: knowing that he/she did all they could to overcome the obstacles that were placed in front of them. Unfortunately though, we often don't allow people to fight on and inspire us, we instead give up on them and encourage them to give up on themselves.

This cultural mindset has manifested itself today in two ways:

·         Normalizing the practice of aborting disabled and unwanted children

·         Promoting the practice of assisted suicide as an acceptable medical treatment for disabled people when they are faced with difficult circumstances. 

I encourage anyone who is disabled to read these stories and try the best they can to surround themselves with people who will: support them, encourage them, and believe in them throughout all stages of their life!