Sometimes it takes a challenge in life to push us to a new level of determination. For self-proclaimed “mouth-painter,” Mariam Paré, nothing could be more true.
When she was 20 years old, the aspiring young painter went to visit her friend in Virginia. It was there her life would change forever. During her visit, Mariam was shot in the back by an unknown assailant.
The incident left her paralyzed, with only limited function in her hands.
At the time, Mariam's life felt over. Once able to express herself through beautiful paintings, Mariam struggled to even write her own name.
After a year of depression, Mariam's occupational therapist suggested she try using her mouth as a tool to write and paint.
Slowly, Mariam began experimenting with painting again, and before long, she was able to once again paint beautiful portraits using only her mouth to control her brush strokes.
Now, Mariam is using her talent to send a message to newly-elected President Donald Trump. In an open letter to the president, Mariam asks President Trump to look out for disabled Americans like herself when revising the nation's healthcare system.
To see more of Mariam's paintings, you can check out her website.