Superhuman Stories: 3 inspirational Individuals Embracing Ability Over Disability

At My Story Told, we are passionate about sharing the stories of individuals who inspire us. Among our most cherished life stories are those of remarkable individuals who serve as exceptional role models, triumphing over obstacles. Here are 3 individuals whose determination in overcoming and embracing disability have deeply moved us:

 

John Cronin

John Cronin, a 22-year-old with Down syndrome, co-founded ‘John’s Crazy Socks’ with his father, a business dedicated to spreading happiness through colourful and creative socks reflective of John’s personality. With John’s background in retail and customer service and his father’s experience in launching online ventures, the pair launched the business after John graduated high school – wanting to break away from the usual choices that didn’t excite John. Although born with Down syndrome, John views it simply as a trait, much like having red hair or being tall. Despite facing early medical hurdles, including surgeries soon after birth, John thrives today with his infectious enthusiasm and genuine connection with others.

With the help of his parents, John has built an established brand – harnessing over 50,000 followers across social media and receiving orders worldwide – donating 5 percent of proceeds to the Special Olympics. He proudly represents the company, embodying the power of pursuing your dreams!

 

Kristie Sita

At 16 years old, trained dancer Kristie Sita experienced a life-altering boating accident resulting in the amputation of her left hand. Despite this trauma, Kristie persevered, overcoming obstacles to enter the realm of social media, where she now shares inspiration through educational content and her personal fitness journey. Alongside her success in social media, Kristie has also forged a career in television and film, appearing in titles like Descendants 2. Notably, she stands out as the only single-handed professional dancer and actress across Canada. In addition to her on-screen work, Kristie serves as a Physical Disability Consultant, providing one-on-one support to actors portraying physically disabled characters.

Kristie is not only an entrepreneur but a motivational speaker too. Recently, she has participated in panels like “Fitness World International Women’s Day,” discussing and empowering women in the fitness industry. When most would try to forget a traumatic event, Kristie says the accident changed her life for the better!

 

Jessica Cox

Jessica Cox was born without arms due to a rare congenital condition called bilateral congenital limb deficiency, presenting her with unique challenges in performing daily tasks throughout her life. Despite these obstacles, Jessica has taken on life with unwavering determination and a positive attitude, navigating a world not designed for people with disabilities. After ditching her prosthetic arms, she became fascinated by the ways the human body can adjust to challenges. Determined to fully embrace herself, Jessica began to utilise dormant physical traits to adapt and use her feet the way people use their hands in daily life.

Jessica used this newfound physical and mental strength to conquer her fear of flying, where after an arduous three years, she became a certified pilot, earning the title of the first woman to fly an airplane with her feet! Since then, Jessica has become an exceptional motivational speaker and life coach, teaching audiences how to inspire diversity and tackle setbacks with optimism and commitment. Jessica’s story of defying limitations and advocating for inclusivity has led to numerous appearances on international television and garnered her a substantial following on social media.

 

Life is the journey filled with obstacles encountered along the way. At My Story Told, we deeply believe that every person’s unique story – woven from special experiences and perspectives – deserves to be cherished and shared. Contact us today to tell your story.