Buffy recently posted a picture of her French braid to the Living One-Handed Facebook page and the comments made it clear that people wanted to see how she did it! So, I reached out to Buffy and asked her to share a little of her story with us and she also made a video of how she does a French braid with one hand! Thanks, Buffy!
I’m Buffy and I’m a 33 year old photographer! I was born without my left hand just below the wrist. My parents always said doctors figured the umbilical cord wrapped around my wrist in the early stages of development.
I was raised to always at least try and if that didn’t work I was made to try harder until I figured it out. My parents took me to specialists of all kinds when I was very young where they suggested I be put in Special Education classes because they didn’t feel I’d ever cope the way NORMAL kids did! Thank god my parents let me figure it out for myself! They raised me to be unique! I wasn’t an honor student but I graduated with an academic diploma!
I wasn’t picked-on too awful much in elementary or high school because I grew-up in a small town where everybody grew-up together, so if it happened, a friend would stick up for me! The harassment and humiliation came more in my adult life with college and jobs and more than anything, DATING! You learn how to handle it more gracefully with each dig and to laugh, but I’d be lying if I said my feelings aren’t sometimes hurt!
I don’t like saying that I’ve overcome obstacles because there aren’t many things I can’t do! I’m a photographer, I do hair and makeup for a lot of my shoots, I make most of my props and I think it’s hilarious because people always say, “I can’t do that with two hands!” I think that’s the most annoying thing I hear!
Having one hand has taught me so many things! A few would be…PATIENCE! That’s number one! I’m the most patient person at times! Perseverance! I won’t give up til I figure it out! Creativity! Being born this way makes me use my imagination daily! If I can use my elbow or tape something to my arm I’ll find a way to do it! I’ve got an obsession with my hair and I’m always doing something different and most of the time I have my hair dryer taped to my arm with painters tape, or my curling wand Velcro’d to my arm. I just recently perfected the French braid on myself!
I was so excited when Ryan asked me to write a guest post about my story and to share a video. I’ve gained so much from this group and I’m so happy to help others!
Go like Buffy’s photography page on Facebook – Buffy Fabrizi Photography!