Sometimes even a hero, like me, will find it hard to humbly accept the help and willingness from other heroes. But if we’re all going to do our individual part to save the world, then we mind as well find it within ourselves to form a team of super heroes.
Hi, they call me Hero, Hero Le. My actual real first name is Hung, which according to the Vietnamese dictionary, Hung stands for the meaning of HERO. I just learned that about myself a decade ago. And believe me, it’s hard to live up to both names, being Hung and being a Hero. But I’ve learned to live with it.
Born in Vietnam in 1973, I caught Polio a year later. Then at the age to 2, when the civil war ended, I was fortunate to have made it to the United States of America.
I’m a very patient person. Perhaps that’s a trait from being either cursed or blessed with something called Post Polio Syndrome, which is basically, living a life after being severely effected by a crippling disease from the Polio virus. In other words, I’m a Polio Survivor who has made it this far in life. And if I were to somehow find the courage within myself to open up and share my life’s past experiences and future journey with others, then maybe there will be those who can, in some way, learn from or can be helped by me doing so. For instance…
It was only 5 years ago when I decided to make the transition from having to walk on crutches with the use of leg braces, to then learn how to adapt through the use of a manual wheelchair. Although there were ups and downs in such a transition, I have come to learn how much of a difference it had made in my life, helping me in a way of mobility that didn’t require as much energy for me to get from one point to another if compared to how I was so costumed to before- when I was moving around and about physically through life before I had to learn how to unlearn from a life of leg braces and crutches to living a totally new and different life with the use of a wheelchair.
Being physically disabled without the use of my legs, which didn’t fully form or develop properly ever since I was crippled by the Polio virus as a baby, I was taught and was conditioned my whole life to simulate the looks of being able to walk as normal as possible, just to act or feel as though I was as normal as any other able-bodied person around me. But because I had leg braces that were designed or intended to been able to support my weak, fragile legs to been able to stand up, it was my arms that did all the work to get from one point to another.
In truth, I wasn’t really “walking” on crutches all that time. I was actually only hopping around on crutches using my arms, physically lifting my entire body up, along with the weight of those leg braces, one step at a time. Or in my case, hopping with my arms with both legs swinging together, one hop at a time. By me simulating or acting as though I could “walk” with crutches, I didn’t realize how much energy it drained from me and how much time I must have wasted by trying to do so, I was struggling both physically and emotionally trying to be as normal as I could possibly be. Because whatever I thought or was raised and taught to believe what it was that defined what being physically normal was, deep down inside I knew that no matter how hard I tried, I would never come slightly close to mentally or emotionally feeling whatever or however other people would define what “being normal” is for me; especially, if I were to keep comparing myself to others.
In short, there’s more to life than I have come to realize or had once normalized.
And so from my life experiences and short stories such like the example that you’ve just read about above, my personal goal from now until April 27, which is my birthday, is t open up my life and be able to share more of such moments in my life, from past to present and future journey with friends and individual people like you. In that, by doing so, perhaps many of us will be able to walk away knowing that we could actually learn something new about ourselves when we take the time to share our own personal life stories with each other. And that we, or perhaps someone we know of, could relate to or find informative enough to benefit from that in some way, or somehow, it can bring a sense of hope and possibilities to someone’s life, if not our own.
So whatever my the goal for now; and no matter how long it’s going to take for me to be able to reach it, I’ll always try my best to help make life better for other people along the way. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. It’s really all I’ve ever actually wanted to become in life. And by helping others to see beyond what they believe is normal to them, then maybe something super-extraordinary can happen along the way when we are able to unleash what super abilities and capabilities we have and are destined to make the most out of the life we have- when we can discover it within ourselves to become the hero that’s within each and every one of us.
As for me, although some will say that Polio was a curse that effected my life negatively; to me, it’s more like a blessing that came with supernatural polio powers that requires me to continue living to learn more about myself and what I’m capable of doing or achieving; and how my life could be used for the greater good. Although the Polio virus disfigured my body and deformed me physically, who’s to say that I’m just any normal physically disabled person? I like to think of myself as a mutant with powers that have yet to be discovered. And by teaming up with super friends like you, we are indeed unstoppable.
Thank you for joining my little journey as I have now found my way into ‘Help Hope Live’. Through this forum, you can trust that what you choose to contribute to or simply become a part of, will be kept safe and assured, that whatever comes from it, starting now until the end of April, that it will go toward something good and legit. As I will be posting more videos and frequent status updates using this forum- in hopes that, perhaps, we can all learn something new and worthwhile about each other, together, we welcome you and hope that you, too, can make the best out of your life and the lives around you, using the knowledge and available resources of information and tools that’s available but have yet to be shared or discovered.
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