Living One-Handed in a Two-Handed World By Bryanna Williams Age 15

Bryanna Teen FlauntI have always known I was different. It was pretty obvious to me. I was born without my right arm. I may be different, but I’m just like any other 15 year old girl! All my life I have had to deal with rude comments and creepy stares. Halloween is the only day where people think that having one arm is part of my costume! It’s funny to see the look on their faces like, “Your costume is so cool! How did you hide your arm like that? I have learned to ignore it and not let it bother me or stop me! If someone asks me “What happened to your arm?” I’ll answer them. I would rather them ask me then stare. I have been fitted for two prosthetics and I dislike them both! It is just easier for me to just use my one hand. Sometimes, though, I go through difficult tasks that someone with two hands I think take for granted. Simple things like tying your shoes, painting your nails, doing your hair (all of which I have found a way to do them that work with my lifestyle). Sometimes my friends get so worried about me that they change plans to accommodate me. I have told them “If something doesn’t work out, I will find my own way, don’t worry”! I like that they care though.

As I said before, I am just like any other 15 year old girl! I like dresses, makeup, boys, etc.! Although, people I meet and my friends get worried that they are going offend me. I am probably the nicest person you’d meet. Except, I would hurt a fly (I don’t like flies or bugs in general). I guess they think I’m one of those people that always feels sorry for myself. Honestly, I’m the last person you are going to offend, it takes a lot to offend me. Why? Because I am proud of who I am and I’m not ashamed.

Over the years, I have figured out that there’s no point in me just sitting around. I should use my arm to my advantage! I have seen one man online that he incorporates his disability with his Halloween costume (he only had one leg)! I decided that is what I want to do! I have an old prosthetic I never use and I came up with the idea of becoming a ZOMBIE for Halloween to spook people for fun with my prosthetic!

The point is this: I have learned not to care what people think. I believe I should make the best of what I have in my life and flaunt my “disability” to the world. I also recently started making a YouTube channel about me and how I do things with one hand in hopes to answer some people’s questions about me and show the world that I’m ok with being different. It’s called One Arm Wonder! If I wasn’t different I probably wouldn’t have the life I have now and I probably wouldn’t be writing this Teen Flaunt. I’m so thankful for my family and friends for always supporting me and letting me be my own person.

I’m proud to be different and I couldn’t imagine being any other way!

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