Dr. Malvika Iyer has an impressive achievements list. She has done work for the UN, is an advocate for gender and disability inclusion, and is a model. She has given TED talks, she is a motivational speaker, she is a member of the Global Shapers Community (which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum), and has a Ph.D. in social work.
And she's done it all without hands.
Dr. Iyer survived an accident with a grenade as a child, and is telling her story now with the hopes that it will help others with disabilities know they are still powerful and valuable.
We'll let her tell it in her own words:
I want to show the world,that you being exactly who you are is your greatest power, and the way you look or what you lack doesn't change that. Just know that a bad phase or a disability is a chapter in your book..it’s not the entire story https://t.co/F8mCBjnOiv #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/ZGrKjqj2xj— Dr. Malvika Iyer (@MalvikaIyer) February 19, 2018
Twitter's response was a collective standing ovation. Honestly, so was ours.
True grit and determination and a strong will power to beat all odds has taken her thus far. She has to be the role model for all school children to know the hardships she has undergone and completing her PhD, what an achievement salute your will power and the support of parents— Ajit R (@rahulajit123) February 19, 2018
Going through a very difficult phase in my life, you have been my inspiration!! I can't tell you how you have helped me to stay motivated and live my life with my fullest potential. Thanks for being such a beautiful sunshine in my life!!— Aditi Ramesh Aher (@AherAditi) February 19, 2018
I don’t know if you’ll see this but after reading your story, I was blown away. I’m 18 and I have cerebral palsy. Your story gives me so much inspiration because I know what it feels like to be questioned about my condition and all the stares I get from strangers.— lorena💞 (@luppybby) February 19, 2018
I get rejected and dissapointed from life ; day in , day out. But when I see your words I just can't make any excuses. I don't know how you do it . Incredible .— Worstah (@worster0911) February 19, 2018
i been down and depressed lately...this completely changed my outlook, thank you!— nick e. gee (@DJdumb_kid) February 20, 2018