It’s easy for a person with disabilities to think they aren’t capable of doing certain things because of their limitations. The truth is many world leaders have had to deal with a physical or cognitive disability over the years and have become an inspiration for many. The United States has had plenty of Presidents battle disabilities before, during, and after their time in office. We’ve taken a closer look at five inspirational U.S. Presidents who persevered and successfully overcame their disabilities.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt suddenly became partially paralyzed due to polio early in his political career. He worked hard to rehab and strengthen his muscles to the point where he could live a normal life but eventually realized his paralysis would be permanent. That moment was just the beginning of his successful career rather than the end, though. He became the 32nd President of the United States and showed as much strength as possible when he was in the public eye, despite his physical disability not giving him function in his legs.
Abraham Lincoln’s dealings with depression are well-documented. His depression was so serious at times that it led him to have medical issues like headaches and other severe ailments. His depression began early on in his life, but he pushed through it to become a successful lawyer and eventually the 16th President of the United States.
George Washington was elected as the first President of the United States, but it wasn’t easy for him. Washington had a cognitive disability that made learning a major struggle for him. Many people believed he had dyslexia, but he worked hard on his own to fix the problem since there weren’t many resources to help him during that time. He always had to live with his cognitive disability, but he overcame it to have a successful career as the leader of the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt suffered from bronchial asthma during his early years of life, which stunted his growth. He was also nearsighted, so much that it limited some of the activities he could do. Still, he lived a life as normally as he possibly could. He loved boxing, but a match that had ended badly resulted in a detached retina that left him blind in one eye. Despite all of this, Roosevelt powered on to eventually become the 26th President of the United States.
James Madison was elected as the fourth President of the United States even though he suffered from epilepsy throughout his life. His illness limited many of the things he could do and enjoy in life, but he lived with a greater purpose. That purpose led him to be the President of the U.S. during a difficult time in the country’s history.
A person with disabilities has plenty of opportunities to overcome and persevere. These great U.S. Presidents didn’t have an easy life, but they adjusted and made the most of it. If you’re struggling with a physical disability, call Next Day Access to see what mobility aids are available to help you improve your mobility and improve your quality of life. Like or Share if you enjoy reading our blog.