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Trish Jackson Has No Arms And 6 Holes In Her Heart, But She Uses Disability To Inspire Other People

Date May 9, 2018 17:49

When thousands of pregnant women took Thalidomide as a treatment for morning sickness in 1950s-1960s, they were assured it was safe for their kids. But it turned out that it actually crossed the placental barrier.

As a result, 10 thousand babies worldwide were born with defects, including malformed or missing legs and arms. Many of them died days after their birth, but many survived. And Trish Jackson is one of such people.

 

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Unfortunately, Trish’s family didn’t even get much of compensation. The Australian government paid $89 million to 100 survivors but ignored other 37, including Jackson.

 

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So, Trish only got a little bit less than $10 thousand from the distributing company. And while she is angry for not receiving help and money needed, she is not angry about her condition.

 

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Trish has no arms, and she has undergone countless surgeries for six holes in her heart. She still lives in constant pain, but she doesn’t intend to give up.

The Queenslander has to deal with much bullying. And she could have hidden at home with her husband Trevor, but she decided to volunteer instead.

When my friend asked me to speak at her school, I thought this was my opportunity to show kids that you don't stare, you just don't.

 

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Each year, the woman visits Australian schools to spread a positive message and importance of accepting those who are different. She also teaches young people to push through, even when life is weighing them down.

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In the past few years, she met thousands of kids.

The story I tell children is that the world doesn't owe me anything. You make what you want in life.

And Trish indeed does what she wants. She’s not only a loving mom and wife but also an artist and photographer. As she has no arms, Jackson uses her mouth and feet to draw. And her results are impressing!

 

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Just check out some of her photographs and drawings

 

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Trish is a real inspiration showing that nothing is impossible!

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