A Life without A Left Palm
- Born imperfect: Anny’s left arm ended at the wrist. Four rain-drop-like fingers attached to her wrist were only good for decoration.
- Confusion: Being physically different from other girls confused her and made her feel wronged in some way.
- Concealment: Anny’s parents worked at a local market and had a hard time handling people’s curiosity and stupid criticism. Anny’s left wrist was always hidden from view.
- Protection & Denial: Family avoided talking about her handicap. The unwillingness of admitting her partial disability made it even harder for Anny to face it herself.
Encouragement & A Healthy Character Helped Anny Find Her Wings
- Helping hands from acquaintances
- Sayling Wen Anny’s first and only employer was a computer company in Taiwan. Her supervisor, Mr. Sayling Wen, was very kind and tried to make her feel at ease at work. He allowed her to learn in different departments until her retirement.
- YiShi Zeng When Anny was young, Mr. Zeng visited the family to invite her out of the shelter but her father refused. He stayed in touch with Anny and treated her to a meal when she graduated from college. Again he wanted her to join groups formed by the disabled. He said to her, “Were you going to care much if your left palm was hidden when you died? That woke Anny and kicked her out of her comfort zone.
- Bird & Water Dance Theater
The members are to have a heart like a bird flying in the sky and to be as soft as water flowing to wherever needs it.
- Opening her heart
After years of searching, Anny finally found her own stage. She participated in the Bird & Water Dance Theater, helped to make it available on YouTube, built a blog sharing of her own. What she wanted to say is to respect the uniqueness of each individual.
- Family’s recognition
Anny found her confidence at work, in her dance, and enhanced it when she persuaded a master degree in non-profit organization management. Because of that her family finally understood she was strong enough to face the world.
Encouragements from Anny to the Disabled And Their Family
- Handle it in a healthy attitude from the very beginning. It’d be better and easier for the individuals to adapt to the physical fact and fortify themselves when growing up, stepping into adulthood, and finding employment.
- Being disabled is not anyone’s choice. It is no fault of the parent and certainly not the kid. None is a sinner. Blame no one and no need to ask why. Face it, accept it, manage it, and let go of it.
- It is indeed very inconvenient. Anny’s suggestion is to view it as an opportunity to learn and grow stronger. When you finally able to overcome the difficulty, you’d be more mature.
- The handicapped are often more sensitive. Use the sensitivity on being considerate to others.