My life without arms: Woman's extraordinary video blog reveals how she eats with chopsticks, puts on a bra and even drives a car – using just her feet
19:34 GMT, 13 September 2012
A young woman born without arms, is inspiring hundreds of thousands of YouTube viewers with videos which demonstrate how she carries out a range of daily tasks using her feet.
From eating with chopsticks to applying makeup the 25-year-old American, who goes by the nickname Tisha UnArmed, reveals how she enjoys an independent lifestyle despite her disability.
She posted her first video titled 'Eating a sandwich with my feet' just three weeks ago, and she has since attracted more than 300,000 hits worldwide prompting her to launch a Twitter account and Facebook fan page.
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Chopstick challenge: Tisha UnArmed who was born with no arms, demonstrates how she goes about life on a daily basis via YouTube videos – this image is from a video titled 'Eating sushi using chopsticks with my feet'
Yummy! Although it takes just over an hour, Tisha manages to polish off the sushi selection with no help
Tisha explains that she was born with no arms, and instead she has little holes where her upper limbs should be. Her right leg is curved and also shorter than her left leg, by about eight inches, with her heel turned outwards.
She says there is no explanation for the defects, adding: 'My mother didn’t do any drugs, there was no explosion of chemicals, she didn’t dye her hair or anything.'
Despite doctors recommending a right leg amputation when she was a toddler, her mother refused pointing out that her daughter would then only be left with one limb.
Tisha said: 'My mum was like: ''What are you kidding me, she has no arms and you want to cut her right leg off That's not right, she's only going to have one limb.''
Getting on with things: Drawing and painting are two of Tisha's favourite pastimes
Educating viewers: Tisha shows how her right leg is considerably shorter than the other and her heel is curved outwards (left) while she has little holes where her upper limbs should be (right)
Inspiration: Tisha pictured wearing a lower artificial limb as she takes her dog Jack for a walk
Dissatisfied with shoe lifts, Tisha now
has a specially designed prosthesis which was created to fit the shape
of her right heel and foot.
To date Tisha, who lives alone with her
dog Jack, has posted videos showing how she makes and eats a peanut butter
and jelly sandwich, how she applies her makeup, how she takes a shower,
how she gets dressed and how she drives her car.
Tisha says that getting dressed is one of the most time-consuming rituals, and that it's easier for her to wear simple items of clothing such as tees, lose trousers and dresses.
Holding a small rod with a fish hook attached to the end, between her toes and in her mouth she demonstrates how she puts on a bra, trousers and can even do up buttons using a few special moves.
Cruising: Tisha drives her specially adapted car using her right foot to steer and her left to work the pedals
Wardrobe challenge: Tisha demonstrates how she gets dressed using a small rod fitted with a fishing hook which allows her to pull clothing on to her body
She said: 'Getting dressed in the morning can be difficult when you don't have arms. If I decided to
wear a button up shirt or tight pants it would take longer.
'A lot of
what I wear has to do with how easy it is to get on. for example I can't
wear skinny jeans, besides the fact that i just don't like they way
they look they would be extremely hard to get on and off.'
To drive, Tisha uses an adapted car which has been fitted with a range of special devices including a left foot accelerator, a turn knob on the steering wheel and a voice command computer box which controls functions such as the turn signal and horn.
She steers with her right foot and
uses her left foot to work the peddles, while special buttons in the
headrest also allow her to activate the voice command computer box.
All glammed up: Tisha shows how she applies makeup using her foot
Squeaky clean: Using a bath mat to stop her from slipping Tisha sits down to shower
In a video where she is filmed eating a sandwich with her foot, she simply explains to viewers: 'Because my right foot is shorter than the other it’s closer to my face so it’s easier to eat.'
Sense of humour: Tisha wears a tee with the words 'If you're happy and you know it clap your… doh'
notes that eating at restaurants with her feet resting on the table often
requires at a bit of explanation, but so far she's never had an issue
with waiting staff.
Thousands of YouTube user have commented on the videos, with many citing her as an inspiration.
Blue4telluride said: 'And I thought I couldn't get up, dress, and go to work because I had a hangover. Damn, you are awesome.'
While Jennifer Gingras said: I think you are awesome!! Too many people feel sorry for themselves for every little thing, and you have taken a truly enormous challenge and made yourself a major success. And on top of that, you have shared your story, inspiring thousands! God bless you! You ROCK!!'
Tisha notes that she has received some negative messages, but she chooses to ignore them or delete them and concentrate on the positives.
Talking about her experience on YouTube and her new-found fame she said: 'My experience of YouTube has been completely awesome, it’s not anything that I expected at all.
'I was just being silly and funny at home. I just never expected to have so many views in so little time. And I’ve had a lot of comments good and bad but mostly good.'
Tisha who works as an artist and graphic designer added: 'I live independently and I do everything by myself.
can’t sit at home and you can’t be like ''I don’t have any arms I’m going
to sit at home and do nothing for the rest of my life.''