Thursday, February 4, 2010

Look Ma, No Hands!

In 1975, Bonnie Consolo won an Academy Award nomination for the documentary film A Day in the Life of Bonnie Consolo. I remember seeing it and being amazed at all the things she did without arms. She was truly amazing!

I was a newbie then at only four years post injury, and to watch this woman, drive a car, cut her boys hair, prepare the family dinner and do many other things with her feet was a real eye-opener for me! You can learn more about Bonnie's life and her accomplishments by clicking here. Bonnie passed away in 2005 at the age of 67. Naturally, she was a motivational speaker.


Now, we have another incredible young woman who is making a name for herself who, like Bonnie, was born with no arms. Young Jessica Cox has done Bonnie one better and has become a licensed pilot. Yes, she is the only licensed pilot in the United States who has no arms!

Check out this video from Inside Edition from about a year ago:



What do you suppose is her chosen career? You got it, another keynote speaker! Surprised? Neither am I. You can learn more about Jessica by clicking here. She is another example of a motivated young person making great strides to make the world a better place. I am sure we will hear a lot about her for many years to come. I wish her well.

I look forward to your comments.

Later,

Mike

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello,
Bonnie Consolo was my aunt, married to my uncle Frank. Although not a happy marriage for her she did have two good sons. Bonnie lived my family for a short time. She was remarkable. I remember coming home and seeing her play the love theme from Romeo & Juliet on the piano. I used to show her movie to grade school kids and told them many great stories. It was always very inspire ring. Vincent Consolo

I'm Not Done Yet said...

Thanks for your comment, Vincent. I have told stories about your aunt in speeches many times. My favorite part of the video was when she got the fly in mid air with her feet!

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