This week I'd like to introduce you to Monica Vickers an award winning author who wrote. "My Extraordinary Life." She has overcome challenges and embraced her days with a smile.
Monica is a wonderful example for us all.
Through my grandmother’s eyes, I can see clearly
The way things used to be,
The way things ought to be,
The way things really are.
Long ago, my grandma thought I should write a book about my life. For years, I wondered, “What’s so special about my life?”
I finally got it. I was physically very different. In this book, I tell of my many struggles and many successes. For the first time, I share my innermost thoughts on life as a triple amputee.
This book is the story of my life and describes the life of a congenital triple amputee who overcomes incredible odds and finds happiness. This life was quite ordinary and yet, the more one reads into the story, it was nothing short of extraordinary.
Monica, your power of determination is awesome. Tell us how writing come into your life, and what do you do differently to make it work for you?
My Grandma sometimes said that I should write a book. I usually answered, “About what?” She said, “People should know about you.” I was still unsure what she meant, but I promised her that I would write a book. It was not until I started writing that I realized what she meant.
Are you a woman of faith?
I have a faith but it was not faith that drove me.
What inspires you to succeed?
I am not sure what ‘inspires’ me to succeed. I just had a very ordinary life, was expected to do everything the other kids did. It never occurred to me that I should have exceptions made for me – I just did what came next; e.g. school, college, job, etc.
Share some of your favorite authors and mentors.
I like true crime books (all authors).
Monica you have a number of YouTube videos. What made you decide to encourage others with your videos?
A visual of me and my daily chores and helpful gadgets is often better than a simple written description.
Below is one of her videos. If you wish to see more they’re easy to find on her channel.
Monica Sucha Vickers was born in 1954 in Salina, Kansas without legs and only one arm during the 1950's thalidomide era. My life was quite ordinary growing up in Nebraska where I graduated from high school and then from the University of Nebraska. Following graduation from college, I moved to San Diego, California and became employed as a medical transcriptionist, a job I still have today. I currently live with my husband, Mike, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Instagram: https://instagram.com/ vickersmonica #MyExtraordinaryLife
Monica, thank you for being on Behind Every story.
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