One-Handed Pianist - Mary Grace

Posted by Yoke Wong on 1/6/2014 to Inspirational Stories

Following is Mary Grace’s story:

"I was born with a handicap. My right arm is a “stump” and my right leg is small and eight inches shorter than the left, with only three toes.

"I had a very difficult time growing up because of how I look. “When I was just a child, I used to look at the mirror and wonder why I didn’t have a right hand like everyone else.

“I used to ask myself what did I do to deserve being born like this.

“I didn’t have any friends, even in school. I was never invited to parties and was shunned by people.

“Some of my family members were embarrassed to be seen with me.

“I was practically hidden as a child.

“When guests came to our home to visit, I was told to stay in my room, or I had to cover my stump.

“As a child, I couldn’t do any menial jobs like buttoning my dress or taking off a candy wrapper. I felt so sorry for myself, especially when kids made fun of me. Their taunting hurt.

“I wear a platform orthopedic shoe on my right foot so I can walk and not limp.

“I wear pants or long skirt to hide my short, ugly leg.

“For a long time, I didn’t have any self-confidence; my self-esteem was very low. I used to (and sometimes still do) cry myself to sleep.

“If not for God sustaining me, I would have never made it this far.

“But in spite of everything, I finished college with a degree in psychology. I took psychology to understand why people stare at me (ha ha).

“Today, I can almost do anything like a normal person with two hands.

“I no longer feel sorry for myself, for I believe that God does not create “JUNK.”

“One great thing that God gave me is my gift to play the piano.

“I was five years old when my Grandma saw my interest and found a piano teacher for me.

“The first three piano teachers whom I approached didn’t want to teach a one-handed student. But my Grandma told them to teach me for one hand and she’ll pay for two, and the fourth teacher took me.

“After I started my piano lessons, I found out that I could play with my stump.

“Playing the piano became the outlet to all my sadness.

“Sometimes my back and my stump hurt when I play, but I like to inspire people through my music, and it has become my passion.

“I wish to inspire people, especially the handicapped or differently abled. There are so many people out there who are despised by society because they are not physically or mentally perfect. People who had become a nuisance and a burden to others. People who are told to stay away (like me when I was a child). People who are ignored.

“Due to neglect, they go into pits of despair and utter depression. They become sick and wish that life’s over for them.

“I wish to be an INSPIRATION to others and to give honor to God for creating me this way.”

Mary inspired me because her physical defect did not stop her from becoming an accomplished pianist. She said “I’ve promised myself that I will never ever take this disability of mine as a hindrance.” Not only is she great with piano playing, but also she excels in improvisation.

I urge you to set taking your piano playing to the next level in 2014 as one of your new year’s resolutions and write down some concrete ideas and plans, so you know what you’re aiming for. If you do, you’ll have a much better chance of achieving your goals. Feel free to share your new year’s resolutions with others.



Bruno Simon
Date: 1/7/2014
She inspired me a lot
Date: 1/7/2014
I simply enjoyed the music played by Mary Grace, yes I loved it ! At the moment , I want to get a Piano, so I am awaiting this, in the meantime I am learning the theory, so I would be fluent, as I am not giving up,always thanking you for your kind support,which is always appreciated. I wish you a very healthy and prosperous New Year....God bless.
lilian miranda
Date: 1/7/2014
for me she's great,,i had two arms,, let say, complete parts of body... but I really felt difficult to play piano., but for mary.. she likes a professional pianist. great
Shirley Anderson
Date: 1/7/2014
I enjoyed the music by Mary Grace. She is quite an inspiration to us all. I am also thankful that she will let God use her to influence others who need that boost of self confidence. Beautiful piano playing.
Dave Murphy
Date: 1/7/2014
Truly inspiring
Arthur Glover
Date: 1/7/2014
All things are possible with God. Mary exhibits determination and perserverance.
Date: 1/7/2014
thank you mary for sharing this with us, we love you
Pearl Taylor
Date: 1/7/2014
Amazing. What an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. With God all things are possible. This video gives me hope. May God continue to bless you.
Gbenga Emmanuel
Date: 1/7/2014
This is incredible .God is awesome
saja sabbah
Date: 1/7/2014
Mary grace, i will neverrrr everrrrrr forget u, u r my module.... it is so brave how you overcame this thing no matter what. This is what makes u perfect, u r beautiful and perfect in ANYthing. I luv you :-*
Lisa Watson
Date: 1/7/2014
Well done Mary Grace, that was amazing and you should be very proud of yourself! Very inspirational. Certainly puts me to shame and have now made it one of my new years resolutions to make time for myself and practice more. x
Charlene Nix
Date: 1/7/2014
What a great way to overcome fear and depression and build confidence. Be encouraged to continue to higher goals. This is an inspiration to me.
Thelma Gay
Date: 1/7/2014
I want to say thanks to Mary for sharing her story and her music. I want to encourage her to continue to let God use her to bring Honor and Glory to Him and so touch the lives of others. Blessings. Thelma.
Date: 1/7/2014
Inspiring..... I was crying to my self. People like me with full ability do nothing for others.
Claireen Douglas
Date: 1/8/2014
Incredible and inspiring
James Chinn
Date: 1/8/2014
What else can you say except that you are an unselfish and talented young lady who has given us handicapped people a great model to follow. Keep up the good work and thank you. James
Date: 1/8/2014
Hi Mary Grace Such a great story.I used to play guitar but my fingers got so bad I gave up,after watch your video you have shown me anything is possible,I am going to find a way to play again. Thank you (9/1/2014)
Date: 1/8/2014
Thank you so much Mary! Yes we can do all things thru Christ who strengthens us! You are such an inspiration...praise God! God bless you exceedingly more abundantly than you can ever think, hope, imagine or dream for.
Josephine Lucia Clarke
Date: 1/9/2014
I feel so ashamed, wish I had more time to plink,plink......Id be playn like her.......n stop making excuses!!!!!
Betty johnson
Date: 1/10/2014
Hi Mary, this is great, only god given. May god continue to bless you. I have been blessed by seeing this. Thanks and continue. Betty.
Christina Hall
Date: 1/13/2014
Mary Grace
Date: 1/14/2014
Hi everyone! Thank you sooo much for the kind words! They keep me encouraged as I continue on my journey. Yes, God is awesome, indeed! No matter what we are going through in life, we always have the assurance that He is there for us and with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We just have to keep the faith for everything that He allows to come our way is with a purpose and ultimately for His glory! God knows what He was doing when He made me. My stub was cut just right (about a couple of inch past my elbow)…coz if it were any longer or shorter or if I could bend my elbow, it sure would be difficult for me to play the piano. Also, I have a fleshy protrusion at the tip of my stub that's just the right size to hit one key….so having said that I know without a doubt that I was fearfully and wonderfully made! :-) I'm so blessed God's sent few special people in my life who have believed in me and given me inspiration to follow my dream of serving the Lord and share what He's done in my life to the world. Thank you, Yoke, for all you do in nurturing talents for God's service. May God bless us all! Grace (Psalm 139:13,14,16)
Abraham Nkrumah
Date: 2/2/2014
She is just wonderful
Hungbo Aina
Date: 2/8/2014
she is really encouraging. God will strenghen her.
Phyllis Childers
Date: 3/24/2014
What a Blessing you truly are.
Jeannette Hall
Date: 4/15/2014
Gods blessings always for you. You are truly inspiring.
Date: 10/14/2015
You have inspired me to not give up on my goal. I almost gave up on playing piano at the nursing home I volunteer at because of dyslexia. If you overcome your handicap I can too. Thank you.

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