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Her New Normal


2014-0222 Trinny BeforeMost people in developing countries do not have access to life-saving technology that is available in more developed countries. Thankfully, there are organizations, such a Facing the World, which provides life-changing surgery to children from developing countries affected by severe facial disfigurements. The following video explains what Facing the World does and how its work restores the hopes, aspirations, and independence of many children.

I chose to include this story on my blog because the story shows help is available to people who have a positive attitude, a wide network, open mind, and willingness to accept help outside their comfort zone. Limited resources do not necessarily limit a person’s opportunities. Never Ever Give Up.

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Bhupinder Singh and Gurmit Singh Barsal did not share the video I used in this post, but they shared another story that directly resulted in my finding the video I chose to use in this post. I would not have found the video in this post unless I watched the video Bhupinder Singh and Gurmit Singh Barsal shared.

Thanks to Trinny Amuhirwe and her mother Sarah Amuhirwe for sharing their story; Graham Banton, Lucy Wright, and Facing the World for securing the help Trinny desperately needed; Niall Kirkpatrick consulting plastic surgeon; Johnathan Collier maxillofacial surgeon; all the people who volunteered to help Trinny; Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for providing the operating and recovery rooms for Trinny; Barcroft TV for their part in the amazing story; YouTube for hosting the video; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text I used in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

4 Responses to “Her New Normal”

  • Ruth says:

    What an amazing story about an amazing girl and a great mom! Love reading about resilient spirits.

    • Scott says:

      Ruth, I go to the Spontaneous Smiley Facebook group for the same reason — the smiles are a great way to start and end the day. Many of the pictures on the site are both creative and funny. Thanks for sharing your comment.

  • Nancy McIntyre says:

    Wonderful story, Scott.
    My daughter and I worked a bit with Operation Smile when she was in high school which is a group who help clef palate problems around the world. These organizations are beyond fabulous. I know doctors who donate their time around the world for eye surgeries and other areas. Wonderful organizations. Thanks for sharing.

    • Scott says:

      Nancy, the people who volunteer their time and service are indeed wonderful, but let’s not forget the survivors, their families, friends, and caregivers who face significant challenges to overcome adversitiy.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.