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Bent but not broken

Bent but not broken

“Rise and shine sweetheart,” announced Anita as she entered her daughter Mia’s bedroom.

Making her way through the mess, Anita laid the breakfast tray on the table and sat next to Mia.

In a bad mood, Mia turned her face away and muttered, “I can’t stand the fake happiness in your voice.”

Anita’s face dropped. Determined to not give up, she picked the tray and said, “Come to the living room if you want to eat,” and left. Surprised, Mia laid in silence for some time but eventually gave in to the demands of her grumbling stomach.

Turning in bed, she looked around the room. Parked by her bedside was the eyesore she dreaded but needed, her wheelchair. Peeling herself from the bed with great difficulty, Mia climbed into the wheelchair, adjusted the feet straps, and took a deep breath before moving towards the living room.

Mia had lost her legs in a car accident 10 months ago, and ever since she had confined herself to her bedroom. Making the small family of two even smaller. But Anita was determined to not let Mia’s disability stop her from stepping into the world and lead a normal life.

Slowly moving her wheelchair towards the television to lower the volume, Mia mumbled, “What’s the point of eating here when it’s just you and me and you’ve already eaten?” Suddenly, Mia’s focus shifted to the documentary, playing on the screen.

Mia couldn’t help but listen to the man’s story, which was eerily similar to hers. Car accident; lost legs; self-isolation.

“…The loss of a limb does not equate to the loss of a fulfilling life,” said the man in the documentary, sitting in a wheelchair. Mia couldn’t help but listen to the man’s story, which was eerily similar to hers. Car accident; lost legs; self-isolation.

“I thought to lose my legs was the end of my life. Then, one day, I looked at my ailing mother. Each day that I refused to get out of bed, she didn’t sleep in hers. When I refused to eat, she didn’t touch the food either. And so it went until she breathed her last. The legs, I couldn’t save but my mom, I could have.

“I decided to change my attitude. I repeated to myself what she always had said, ‘you may be bent but you’re not broken’. And here I am, healthy and happy telling my story.”

Eyes damped, Mia turned to Anita. She knew her mother was sacrificing her life for her daughter. The documentary made Mia realise she needed to live again, not just for herself but for her mother too.

Hugging her mom, Mia whispered, “I may be bent, but never broken. I’ll be fine mom. We’ll be fine.”


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