It’s a one-armed small world after all

Disability, Parenting / Thursday, August 18th, 2016


It’s refreshing to realise you’re not the only one.

In the past week I have been contacted by two one-armed visitors to my site and YouTube.

Both soon to be parents. One is a guy from Netherlands, who has some remarkable similarities to my story. He paralysed his arm in a bike accident 20 years ago. Mine was a motorbike accident 26 years back.

He’s also a 3D Graphic designer like me. Currently thinking of relocating to where I’m from in New Zealand. He’s also in photography like me. Remarkable.


The other one-armed bandit was Stephanie from Canada. She enjoyed my one-handed living tips on YouTube, which is very encouraging for me to keep adding more when I find the time/motivation and ideas.

She suffered a stroke as a child and has a floppy arm like I did for 20 years. She’s looking for more tips on doing stuff in the Kitchen one-handed so if you have any you’d like to share please let me know or leave a comment.

It was great to share some thoughts with Stephanie about never giving up and looking for comfort in finding other people also struggling with the complex issues that disability can cause.

I do get infrequent contacts from others who found my blog or video’s and looking for advice on parenting or living and it’s truly one of the most satisfying things in my life.

Helping others is a very powerful way of combating the mental health problems that pain and suffering create. All suffering stems from focussing on oneself, so I have learnt over the years that helping, or showing gratitude to others is a super-powerful technique to stop suffering and get back to real living.

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