Crazy Eight

August 26, 2017

Eight years people. EIGHT. This is crazy. I cannot believe that eight years ago on August 26, 2009, I said goodbye to my dominate right hand. Part of me feels like it has been forever, that I have always been living this way. While the other side of me feels like it just happened yesterday. I am feeling all the feels today. Thanks for joining me on my nubiversary! :)


I thought I would share eight of the most popular (and annoying) questions I have been asked over the years & how I secretly wanted to answer them, with love of course.


1. How did you lose your arm? I have an arm thanks, it is just a hand that is missing.  

2. How do you drive? Ask your mom if she drives with both hands at 10 and 2. 

3. How do you write? With a pencil.

4. How do you eat? Do you use both hands to shovel food into your mouth? Oh you use one hand? Me too. 

5. How do you go to the bathroom? Wait you use two hands to wipe? Interesting.  

6. Did it hurt? No it was full of rainbows and unicorns. Of course it hurt. 

7. Why don't you have an arm? I have two arms but thanks for asking. Only one hand.  

8. What happened to your arm? After repeating my answer 4 times *insert eye roll here*


You guys. I am not kidding. Some things people ask are mind boggling. I do not understand haha.


On a more serious note it is so surreal thinking about how I have been navigating this one handed path for e i g h t years. If you would have told me where I would be eight years later I would not have believed you. I have been able to meet so many incredible people. Travel to the most beautiful places, experience amazing opportunities and share my story with thousands of people. 


The one question I get all the time and the one I love to answer the most is: 


How did you get through that


My answer is always the same, my faith in Jesus. I may not know what my future holds but I know the One who holds the future. I have faith that He allowed me to go through the pain and suffering to encourage, inspire and help others going through their own struggle and most importantly point them towards Him. 


"Suffering is not an obstacle to be used by God, it is an opportunity to be used by God like never before. Because where there is impossible pain, God always offers incredible power" - Ashley Terkeurst


Thank you for riding along this journey with me. If you have been here from the beginning thanks for sticking with me over the last eight years. If you stumbled onto my story recently, thanks for stopping by! :)


"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper and not to harm you but to give you a future and a hope"

Jeremiah 29:11













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