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My wife's brother-in-law was born with his left arm ending just below the elbow, so he wears a hook controlled by his shoulder muscles.  He hits homeruns in softball with just his right arm and hand.  Can field a ball, pull his glove off by underneath his left armpit and throw the ball then faster than you could imagine.  He ties his shoes, puts in contact lenses, and says he has never felt that he was handicapped.   It's amazing what one can do when he tries.........

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2 hours ago, Gracos Kid said:

says he has never felt that he was handicapped. 

I know a young man that was born with no fingers on his left hand. Thumb, but no fingers. And normally stands with his hands overlapping in front of him, with his right hand on top. And I know of people that have known him for years and they will suddenly freak - what happened to your hand?? They known him for three or four years and never knew that he didn't have fingers. He can do just about anything - well, he had to play tuba in the band because he didn't have enough fingers to play clarinet.

 

But he doesn't consider himself handicapped. Because his parents never told him he was handicapped.

 

And I believe that has got a lot to do with it. If you're told you're crippled, you're crippled. But if nobody ever tells you that, well, it's just a little harder for you to do something.

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31 minutes ago, Alpo said:

... They known him for three or four years and never knew that he didn't have fingers...

Shopping some years ago, the cashier asks me to put my purchases nearer her as she has T-Rex arms.

 

I did, but remembered a joke:

 

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And I used it! She did let out a little laugh. She went to get a box for my stuff and I saw she really did have really short arms! I immediately started apologizing.

 

She said "no problem, I already told it to someone else."

 

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2 hours ago, Alpo said:

I know a young man that was born with no fingers on his left hand. Thumb, but no fingers. And normally stands with his hands overlapping in front of him, with his right hand on top. And I know of people that have known him for years and they will suddenly freak - what happened to your hand?? They known him for three or four years and never knew that he didn't have fingers. He can do just about anything - well, he had to play tuba in the band because he didn't have enough fingers to play clarinet.

 

But he doesn't consider himself handicapped. Because his parents never told him he was handicapped.

 

And I believe that has got a lot to do with it. If you're told you're crippled, you're crippled. But if nobody ever tells you that, well, it's just a little harder for you to do something.

Gary Burghof who played Radar on MASH had the condition. He was very skilled at hiding it. He played drums pretty well too. 

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