“I seldom think about my limitations because I’m focused on my possibilities!” Tawana Williams
From the shadows of obscurity and the anguish of disability, Tawana Williams was a victim of brutal medical negligence; due to the drug Thalidomide that was given to her mother during pregnancy. Born without arms and impaired use of her legs, her compelling life story unfolds her will to survive the anguish of physical defect and the shame of abuse and isolation. Unable to fight with human hands, she fought in spirit and yet lives to stand through the grace and courage of God, “UNarmed But Dangerous.”
Faced with many challenges and obstacles that most people take for granted, Tawana has figured out a way to do some of life’s simplest things such as; eating, cleaning, typing and being self sufficient. These tasks seemed monumental, yet her resolute determination transcended self-pity. She endured years of physical pain, emotional scars and the rejection of family members and peers. She withstood childhood only by the strength of a mother’s love.
Tawana was born to a mother that told her “there was nothing that she could not do,” she also had a Grandma Rogers that told her at the age of 4-1/2 years old, “she didn’t need arms because God didn’t give them to her and nothing was missing, if you don’t have it, you don’t need it!” Those words have resonated through her soul…Tawana has always been a fighter and will challenge you to do more in your life.