In my small list of people I admire, Helen Keller is in the top five.
She adapted to the straws she drew in life and brought forth strength and dignity most of us never acknowledge within our weak selves.
Born June 27, 1880, Helen was only two years old when she became ill and lost her sight and speech and hearing. She was speechless, sightless, and deaf. At age six, Anne Sullivan became her teacher and remained with her for 47 years. All the encouragement and instruction in the world would not have worked to improve Helen's life if she had not had the courage and determination as a little girl to survive and flourish. After graduating college, Helen chose to travel the world, encouraging blind and deaf-blind people to challenge themselves to live productive lives.
What an inspiration.
"A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn".