Your blog is inspiring and I love the “how to” videos! I’m a 32 year old professional in Wilmington, NC. I was born without a lower right limb and have never let it stop me!
I came across your website after a funny telephone conversation with my dad yesterday. He said he had to go because his feet were cold and he couldn’t put socks on with one hand. Of course, I burst out laughing and asked him why not?! I started thinking about people in my life and their fascination with how I type, tie my shoes, or paint my fingernails. Often, people will just stare at me in amazement while I do these things and I don’t even think twice about it. I always adapt to any situation and make it work. I truly believe it has been a very positive influence on my life, forcing me to become a natural problem solver. My boss has even noticed this ability and approached me about teaching her young left handed daughter how to eat with a spoon because she can’t get the child to hold it correctly.
I figured it all out very early in life-make it easier and make it work. I started walking by 9 months because it was easier for me than crawling. I’m a natural righty but had to learn how to do everything left handed. I mastered the art of cutting with right handed scissors because rarely were there lefty scissors in the classroom. Handwriting was a challenge, due to how my brain wanted me to write versus how my left hand was able to write. I even learned to tie my shoes by the age of three, probably because I was tired of asking for help.
I’ve always wanted to help others living one handed, both children and also adults, that are without a limb and struggle with doing everyday tasks. I never thought about starting a blog but it is a great way to reach out to folks that live in other parts of the country and the world. You have inspired me to share my knowledge and encourage others. Kudos to you Ryan, for being the awesome guy you are!
Hi Lia- My Name is Amy….. I love your story! I was wondering if you would be open to chatting either by email or phone with me. My husband and I just found out that our son will be born without most of his left arm, and am looking to talk with people who were also born that way. I feel who better to talk to right? Please let me know if you would be willing to do this and hopefully look forward to talking with you. Thanks!
Hi Amy, I would be happy to chat! Feel free to email at email@example.com. 🙂
Hey Lia! My daughter is 21 months and is also RBE. I love reading your story, especially because I’ve been told that my little one was also born right handed. Would you mind if I send you an email as well?.
And thanks Ryan for your awesome blog. I love your facebook posts as well 🙂
You are so fortunate to have a wonderful child. I also live without my left arm. I would love to talk about the difficulties and advantages.
Nice to see I’m not the only one fighting the forced lefty issue. Penmanship is my worst enemy. In high school I’d write notes, when time came to review them, I had no idea what I wrote. Long story short, I didn’t graduate high school. Graduated college though! Thanks to typing lol. Tying your shoes, having people watch you do things, it’s like someone out there is like me! I use to race kids on the bus for candy, at who could tie their shoes fastest. Thanks for commenting, prob not a big deal to you, but made my day.
You should see the odd looks I got when riding my motorcycle. I have no prosthetic, no enhancements on my bike, but a simple wave would bewilder other motorists lol
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