A recent episode of the Today Show's "Walk in My Shoes" digital series featured Veronica Brooks, a successful occupational therapist without arms in Princeton, West Virginia. The weekly streaming online show, which shines a spotlight on people who are defying the odds to overcome very difficult life challenges, is produced by NBC News.
The cameras follow Veronica Brooks during her shift at the local Princeton Community Hospital. Viewers are able to watch Brooks easily and efficiently complete a range of tasks using only her two feet. From putting on makeup to driving and answering the phone or signing work documents, she has an upbeat attitude about everything.
Brooks explains how being born without arms didn't stop her from pursuing a rewarding career in occupational therapy.
In fact, she thought not having arms put her at an advantage since she could relate to the patients. She shares that her unique circumstances taught her how to modify her environment to accommodate to those circumstances. Brooks also believes her "can do attitude" is great motivation for her patients who are trying to overcome their own physical challenges. So even though she was born without arms, she knows it has never stopped her from being able to teach others how to make better use of their own.
One of her patients also shares how Brooks has impacted her life on the show. Although at first she was skeptical that Brooks would be able to do her job, she realized over time that Brooks was just as capable as anyone else in the field.
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