Tuesday Writing Essentials Challenge, 1/21/14, research – A Person I Greatly Admire

“TWE 1/21/2014 research”

Challenge: Write an article you needed research. The research can be of anything you want. You might want consider doing research on someone who influenced your life. A mentor, a hero, anyone you would like share about and the effect they had on your life. You can include references if you want.

A Person I Greatly Admire

by Heather L Campbell

January 22, 2014


One of the people who I greatly admire is  Helen Keller.

Helen Keller was almost 88 years old when she passed away on June 1, 1968. (She was born on June 27, 1880) When she was 19 months old she became ill (possibly of scarlet fever or meningitis).

She grew in an isolated world after that illness,  unable to see or hear

The most well known depiction of her story is in the play and the film, “The Miracle Worker”. Many movies and documentaries have been made about the life of Ms Keller… who also had a a severe speech impediment.

She was an advocate for disabled people as well as a world famous speaker. She was a published author of 12 books as well as numerous articles.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller)


Helen Keller showed the world that she was a person, not her disabilites She excelled in many things despite them.

In my own family there were people who had limitations and I did not like the way they were treated by other people as being lesser beings.

Many other people greatly admired Helen Keller. She  did not give up in her life despite the challenges she had. She did have companions who helped her in her daily life…


Many times in my life I had the role of a caregiver. I became disabled and unable to work full time in 1989. Since then I have found ways to work around it. We moved to Florida in 1997 so I could help my parents. It is difficult to accept the limitations I now have and I am thankful my family is understanding and helps me. I am more comfortable being a caregiver… and it still difficult to accept my need for care.

The world when I observed when I was a child in the 1950’s and 1960’s seemed to be one where handicap people were either institutionalized or kept hidden inside their homes. One of my favorite Uncles had muscular dystrophy, so I was very aware of how limited his world was. His brothers and sisters contributed the money for his care to the sister who took care of him. He would be amazed with the advances that have occurred since he passed away. I know I am. There have been a lot of changes along way on the road to this year, 2014… Many handicap people have and have had pivital roles in the awareness that handicap people can contribute to society. Our former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt,   Izhak Perlman, Stephen Hawking, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Marlee Matlin, and so many others have astounded us with their great talents despite physical limitations.

Helen Keller was one of the earlies examples of someone who refused to lead a limited life and not achieve. She inspired me to continue in my and not give up no matter what.

About the Author ()

I am a Christian writer and published poet. I pray each day God uses me to uplift others and draw them to him. My feet are made of clay, but through me God can help others. My faith brings me comfort as I believe that the Lord has a plan for my life and

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