HA, THE BLIND COOK

HA, THE BLIND COOK

We hear about miracles everyday. But how many us actually believe in them? There may be sort of doubt in the mix. Well, imagine a blind chef. How does that work?

Let me tell you, GOD!

I found an article about a young lady and had to share because HER STORY is crazy! If you watched season three of Fox TV’s reality cooking show “MasterChef,” you remember the big smile that lit up Christine Ha’s face every time she impressed the judges with her bold flavors—and especially when her three-course meal of Vietnamese comfort food won Ha the “MasterChef” title. What casual viewers may not have realized right away is that the amateur cook from Houston, Texas, is blind.

In 2003, Ha was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica (NMO), a rare neurological condition that deteriorates the optic nerves and spinal cord. By 2007, Ha had lost most of her vision. But she had regained her love of reading, with help from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS). “[NLS] reignited my love for literature. It was what kept me sane when I went through my first bouts of NMO,” says Ha, who also authors the blog theblindcook.com. “When I went through some of my worst health issues in 2003—complete paralysis from my neck down due to spinal inflammation, and complete blindness—all I could do was lie in bed and listen to NLS audiobooks.”

When you are blind, you are written off by so many people. You are deemed to be “handicap”. It is my belief that handicap is a mindset. If you look atyour illness or impairment as a hinderence it will be. What we believe, what we speak will come to past. When Ha, was first found out she was blind, she could have given up on her dreams. Yet, she didn’t. What did not allow that to hurdle to stop her from running the race of life. She jumped and kept struttin.

I say to you, position yourself to strut like Ha. With determination. Drive. Faith. No matter what it is society says, or society writes you off from… you know who’s the real master of over your life.

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