Mo­ti­va­tional speaker shares her story with Air­men, youth at Colum­bus AFB

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Tawana Wil­liams, na­tional mo­ti­va­tional speaker and au­thor, spoke to Air­men and youth from Mount Pleas­ant M.B. Church about her life and how she over­came life with a dis­abil­ity July 16, on Colum­bus Air Force Base, Mis­sis­sippi.

Wil­liams was born with­out arms and has lim­ited use of her legs and wasn't sup­posed to live past two years old but she never let that stop her from liv­ing life.

“My mother told me there was noth­ing I couldn't do,” Wil­liams said. “My grandma used to tell me ‘You don't need arms be­cause God didn't give them to you. If you don't have it, you don't need it.'”

When Wil­liams was in her teens, she be­came ad­dicted to drugs and would con­tinue to rely on them for 10 years. She said that one night she was ly­ing in bed and prayed that God would help her cure this ad­dic­tion.

“I said ‘God, kill me in my sleep or de­liver me from this ad­dic­tion,' and it was done,” Wil­liams said.

An­other chal­lenge she talked about was rais­ing a child. She said many peo­ple told her to put her daugh­ter, April, up for adop­tion be­cause she wouldn't be able to care for her. Wil­liams ig­nored her doubters and raised her daugh­ter who is now 32. She also demon­strated for the crowd how she changed April's di­a­per, fed and burped her and dressed her with­out arms.

“I proved them wrong and beat the odds once again,” Wil­liams said. “I took care of my daugh­ter, I bathed her, braided her hair, fed and burped her. What a mother would do [to care for a child], I did.”

Since 1996, Wil­liams has been on the road telling her story to churches, schools, pris­ons, day cares, nurs­ing homes, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­ters, vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tions and col­leges in hope of in­spir­ing of mo­ti­vat­ing them to live their lives and never say ‘I can't do it.'”

“Hon­estly, I was blown away,” stated Chief Mas­ter Sgt. Tracy Tol­liver. “My fa-

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(U.S. Air Force Photo by Air­man 1st Class Beaux He­bert)

Tawana Wil­liams, mo­ti­va­tional speaker, and her hus­band Toby show­case her art­work July 16, 2018, at Colum­bus Air Force Base, Mis­sis­sippi. Wil­liams demon­strated how she cared for a child, signs her name and tied a young boy's shoes all with just her feet.

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