Life Without Arms

By Amanda Botfeld on October 8, 2012

Getting dressed is hard enough as it is. Sometimes your head goes through the wrong hole, or your shirt goes on backwards – not to mention layering. Yet inspiring youtube sensation “Tisha UnArmed” effortlessly manages to perform all of life’s daily tasks – from getting dressed in the morning to taking a shower to putting on make-up– all without arms.

In an exclusive interview, twenty-five year-old Tisha tells us her perspective on living life without arms.

What’s the hardest thing to do without arms?

That’s probably one of the hardest questions I’m asked because I can’t think of anything that I have a hard time doing. Getting dressed in the morning is a little hard. My struggle with getting something off the top shelf when I’m at a grocery store. But I either find a way of doing it or ask for help. Everything that needs to be done gets done and I don’t find it hard. I just have to find another way of doing it.

Tisha Eats Sushi with her Feet

How do you deal with people’s stares?

If I’m walking down the street or pumping my car up with gas at the gas station, someone’s gonna look over and be like, “Whoa! She doesn’t have arms. She’s pumping her own gas. How’d she do that?” (you can see a video of Tisha driving with her feet here) They’re gonna be curious. I encourage curiosity. I have no problem when people come up to me and ask me questions and wanting to get to know me and [asking] why I don’t have arms (she was born that way).

What about some of the more negative commentary?

The negative comments [that] are coming from someone or some people — either from youtube or on the street – I think they’re just uneducated. If I can help educate them or [help them] understand how I do things, then maybe we can have a better world. Maybe there wouldn’t be so much negativity around disabled people or handicap people because there’s more knowledge.

Tisha credits her positive, upbeat attitude to her parents. Her goal is to work as a graphic designer. For more of Tisha, you can watch her youtube channel here.

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