True Meaning Of Not Giving Up


The deputy head at my school in assembly talked about women I had never heard of before, she was called Frida Kahlo. After hearing her story I completely fell in love with the way she carried on with life after she had been through so much already.

Frida Kahlo, born in Mexico, July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954 is a very inspirational woman. When Frida was six she developed polio, which made her right leg look much thinner then her left leg. On September 17, 1925, Kahlo was on the bus that collided with a trolley car. She suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident, including a broken spinal column, a broken collarbone, broken ribs, a broken pelvis, and eleven fractures in her right leg, a crushed and dislocated right foot, and a dislocated shoulder. Also, an iron handrail pierced her abdomen and her uterus, which seriously damaged her reproductive ability.

The accident was so bad that she had to spend three months recovering in a full body cast! Most of us have probably only had a hand or a leg cast, and even that’s very irritating. So imagine having a whole body one! Kahlo did recover, but not fully. She couldn’t walk properly or conceive. Most people at this point would give up on life but not Frida.

She recovered enough to be able to share with the world what was in her mind through art. Art was her savior.

I love Frida for not giving up. She wanted to become a Doctor, but she had to give that dream up after her accident. Still… she didn’t give up on everything…


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