Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

By Robert Hensel and Marilyn Lash

Every once in a while, an unexpected email shows up in my box and I think, “WOW!” Well, that was the case with an email I received from Robert Hensel who has given me permission to share it on our Brain Blog.

I believe his quotes send a special message for all those individuals, their families and caregivers who face challenges every day but still strive to move forward to reach their dreams and set new goals.

#1 Accessibility – It’s the only way to roll.

#2. I choose not to place “DIS”, in my ability.

#3. We, the one’s who are challenged, need to be heard. To be seen not as a disability, but as a person who has and will continue to bloom. To be seen not only as a handicap, but as a well intact human being.

#4. As a disabled man, let my life be a reflection of the endless amount of ability that exists in each and everyone of us.

#5. Know me for my abilities, not my disability.

#6. Limitations only go so far.

#7. Placing one foot in front of the other, I’ve climbed to higher lengths. Reaching beyond my own limitations to show my inner strength. No obstacle too hard, for this warrior to overcome. I’m just a man on a mission, to prove my disability hasn’t won.

#8. My disability has opened my eyes to see my true abilities.

#9. When everyone else says you can’t, determination says,” YES YOU CAN.”

A disability activist, poet and advocate, he was born with Spina Bifida, but that has not stopped him from achieving remarkable successes in his life. Two of his accomplishments are a Guinness and Ripley’s world record for the longest non stop wheelie in a wheelchair, covering a total distance of 6.178 miles to raise money for wheelchair ramps in his community. In October 2006, Robert was asked to carry the torch for the 2006 Asian Games. You can learn more about his accomplishments within the walls of The Museum of Disability History in Buffalo, New York.

You can learn more about Robert Hensel at http://roberthensel.webs.com/

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