Ten Ways to Getting Through Hard Times

twins.jpgA footage from “Joined for Life: Abby and Brittany Turn 16” via The Learning Channel can truly inspire us during our deepest darkest despair. “Abigail and Brittany Hensel (born 7 March 1990, United States), are dicephalic [tag]conjoined twins[/tag]. Brittany is the left twin, and Abigail is the right twin. They have two spines which join at the pelvis. They have two stomachs, three lungs, and two arms. ” They are intelligent, energetic, fun-loving girls who just happen to share one set of legs and one set of arms – each girl controlling one half of their conjoined body.

Abigail and Brittany narrate their top ten list of interests since they turned 11. Despite the obstacles , they are able to drive, shop, attend high school which any “normal” teenager would love to do. After watching their video, I am amazed to see their wonderful positive attitude and their ability to live a normal life. Of course, they are probably adapted to their bodies.


Their lives truly reminds us not to take our bodies and health for granted. It reminds us that others are going through hard times and that they are able to manage it. Just like Abigail and Brittany, I am sure they have their share of stressful times.

Hard times are part of our lives, growth and moving forward.

What we do with hard times is our choice. Looking at the twins, they continue to enjoy an active teen life. We can use the energy of [tag]hard times[/tag] to work out, and work through our issues. We find ways to fine-tune our skills and our spirituality. Another choice is to be riddled with bitterness and refusing to change. I often hear unhealthy people say “Nothing good ever happens to me… Life isn’t worth living”.

Hard times can motivate us to bring out our best. That choice is ours. We don’t need to have stress or hard times to change ourselves but if it happens, we can learn to channel it into achieving what’s good in our life.

So what are the top 10 ways to getting through hard times? The answers lies in you.

More links here:

Abigail and Brittany Hensel: an extraordinary bond

View their recent photo album

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1346 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • http://ilkeryoldas.blogspot.com ilker

    I’m amazed with the speed of your reaction.. and I would like to congratulate you on writing a better post than mine! Impressive =)

  • http://dine.racoma.com.ph/ sexy mom

    these is the type of stories that should be regularly aired on television and featured in magazines, not like the sorts of “Britney shaves hair, or Britney gets a tattoo, or Paris Hilton….).

    the story is an inspiring one. despite their obstacles, they still go through each day, with a positive attitude. looking at their condition makes one feel so blessed to have complete body facilities. life is beautiful and the choice is ours to make the best out of it.

  • http://blog.ademagnaye.com ade

    Thanks for the link. Such an amazing story.

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @ilker- thanks for your entry as well. Made my day

    @sexy- we need more uplifting stories

    @ade- truly amazing.

  • http://benj.myjournal.ph benj

    It just proves to show the many things that need to fall into place for a ‘normal’ child to be born. A lot of things could indeed go wrong over and come to think of it, if a different sperm cell met with a different ovum, all of us wouldn’t be blogging today.

  • http://aboutmyrecovery.com Noemi

    @Benj- Despite disablities, these people can adapt and live a life like normal people.

  • http://ode2old.blogspot.com annamanila

    This is an awesome piece, Noems. Life is how we make it. Happiness is something we create for ourselves. These are the messages I pick up from the twins’ story. You summed it up very succintly: It is our choice. Thanks Noems for sharing it with us. Will click the link. What’s dicephalic?

  • http://docuventaries.livejournal.com/ Christianne

    Someone should bottle up their optimism and zest for life and share it with the depressed people of the world. Ang galing!

    I’m curious though if they take tests together? Does one write with the left hand and the other one with the right? Do they have different strengths – English or Math or Science or Art? Their life is so intriguing and their story so inspiring.

  • http://azrin.net azrin

    A good read,…
    I will shut my gob…cos my mind is off somewhere else.

  • http://www.originalfaith.com/ Paul Martin

    You make a good point. But just when I thought I had it figured out that every adversity I’d encountered had left me a better person, I ran into one that took away far more than it gave.

    Today I am completely housebound, literally too fragile to leave the premises in over two years; and semi bedridden. The disease is progressive and incurable.

    I ended up learning I’m stronger than I ever could have imagined – I had normal health until I was 37. But I can’t say it was worth it!

    Still, I do think, as you suggest, that often our whining and complaining is for nothing. All but the most severe adversities tend to leave us better persons in the end if we look at them in the right light.

  • mudkips

    these girls/thing is disgusting. i am having nightmares after watching this creature on that special. but have also shown it to many people as obviously it had to be dvred, as this is not something you see everyday, and have had great fun laughing at other peoples reactions. anyway stop glorifying this thing, its future only hold fending of the sickest of the sick guys out there which would actually want to have sex with it. this 2 headed girl should be put down, its the only kind thing to do.

  • Tommy

    They have three lungs….how many breasts?