Many people know the story of Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), but his story is often more impactful for a person with disabilities. Finding the inner strength to move forward and thrive in life is a struggle at times, so it helps to look at other inspirational stories to keep you moving. Before FDR became the President of the United States, he went through a series of many obstacles. It’s hard to believe how he was able to persevere through them all, but because he did so, he is now an inspirational and motivational example for many Americans.
How FDR Became Paralyzed
FDR woke up one morning thinking it was going to be a normal day having fun with his family. After a fun-filled day of swimming and sailing on a short vacation trip, something didn’t feel right when they returned home. Instead of eating dinner, FDR went to bed and won’t up the next morning without being able to walk. Despite his determination to walk on his own, he could not do it and he lost the ability to use any muscles in his body from the chest down. After medical examinations, it was determined that FDR had polio, which was a common disease that left muscles paralyzed.
Persistence Led FDR To Becoming President
After many months of being determined that he would walk again, FDR finally had to accept that he would have a physical disability that limits him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He was at the beginning of his bright political career, and during this time in American history, a person with disabilities was often looked down upon as being inferior to others. FDR could have made plenty of excuses to get his name and face out of the public spotlight, but he instead chose to embrace his physical disability and continue with his political aspirations. He tried his hardest to hide the extent of his physical disability by using aids to help him stand to make speeches. He did not want to be photographed in a wheelchair, either. Not because he was ashamed to be in one, but because he wanted people to see him as a strong person they can trust.
Limited Mobility Did Not Hinder FDR’s Performance Or Attitude Negatively
FDR was not a weak figure in the eyes of the public because of how he handled his physical disability. People knew he had limited mobility, but how he moved and navigated different situations did not indicate how serious it was. He was already a strong-willed individual, and his physical disability just made him stronger. Being in a wheelchair may have limited him in some ways, but it also opened up new doors of opportunity that he made the most of every day.
When you hear about stories like Franklin D. Roosevelt’s, you can’t help but be inspired. It’s a true testament to how your mind can be stronger than your body and how you can persevere through even the most challenging times. Next Day Access is here to help you navigate any physical limitations you have, so contact us at any time. Like or Share if you enjoy reading our blog.