Friday, November 14, 2008

And pumped us full of strange drugs

Overcoming disabilities-

I recently listened to Sabine Becker speak about her life.
She is amazing!
Her mother took the drug thalidomide when she was pregnant to alleviate her morning sickness and Sabine was born with tiny arms.
She was never treated as disabled and learned to do EVERYTHING that others can do.
She writes with her left foot.
She can drive a regular car using her feet.
She had a child and was able to change his diapers and feed him.
She lives in Albuquerque and sells real estate.
Here is her website if you want to find out more about her.

Wikipedia has more information about thalidomide.

It's unfortunate that there wasn't sufficient testing before the approximately 10,000 children in Africa and Europe were born with severe malformities from 1956 to 1962, including phocomelia, because their mothers had taken thalidomide during pregnancy.

However, it has been used to help people with leprosy to sleep.

And now there is renewed interest in the drug for treatment of lesions associated with erythema nodosum leprosum.
And pumped us full of strange drugs - song: Scream like a Baby, artist: David Bowie, album: Scary Monsters


Laughing Orca Ranch said...

This is an interesting story and an amazing, inspirational woman. I'm glad you were able to meet her :)


Fantastyk Voyager said...

She is an amazing woman!!