Carol’s Story

Author: james

The Armstrong Family

Carol was born in Tucker, GA. Yes, I am a good Ole Georgia Girl. I moved to Charleston, SC in 1988 with my roommate. I have worked lots of different jobs in the past, cleaning, making cylinder heads, making trophies, working at a zoo, worked in a restaurant and worked as a coin collector for an amusement company. Read my blog here.

I was injured in a violent crime against me in June of 2002. Since then I have not been able to work but do volunteer at a local nursing-home. Last year I was able to volunteer at Alexander’s elementary school in the HOST program helping teach students that need extra help.

Click here to view home videos of Carol from 1997 through 2003 (a year after her injury).

When CTHBA Executive Officer Phillip Ford read the Post & Courier article about Carol he was inspired to help her. At first, Phillip thought he could get members of the Association to remodel her home, but it was determined that a new house was needed. Earlier this year the Armstrong family purchased a lot in Dorchester County, where members of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association will build them a handicap-accessible home. House plans for the 2,400+ square foot home were drawn up by Georgia Toney from BuilderPlanWorks. They include large doorways for Carol’s wheelchair to pass through and other features that will make life easier for this amazing woman. We are currently in the process of creating a “needs list” that includes everything from lumber to lighting and landscaping. If you can donate supplies or labor please call Melissa or Phillip at 572-1414.

The Extended Armstrong Family

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The undefeated: Carol Armstrong
Monday, April 28, 2008
On Independence Day 2002, a vicious criminal used a shovel to beat and rob a cleaning woman outside a North Charleston office building, blinding her in one eye and paralyzing her left side. Such a cruel fate would drive most people to despair. Carol Armstrong is clearly not most people.
As Nadine Parks reported in Thursday’s Post and Courier, Mrs. Armstrong, at age 43, isn’t looking back. She’s looking forward with an inspiring attitude and getting lots of inspiring assistance from compassionate members of our community. As Mrs. Armstrong told our reporter: “I won’t let an evil man with a shovel ruin our family. He has not defeated me.”
Nor has that brute, now serving a 20-year sentence, defeated the good people of the Charleston Trident Home Builders Association — people who are doing all they can to help the Armstrong family.
After the attack, Mrs. Armstrong was in and out of comas, had numerous surgeries over a three-month span and had many more months in therapy before returning to her North Charleston home. While finally going home was a welcome change, the relatively small house lacked assorted wheelchair-accessible features she and her family sorely needed.
Those limitations are about to end for Mrs. Armstrong, her husband and two sons. The builders group broke ground Friday on a large (2,400 square feet) new home for the Armstrongs in Knightsville, with volunteers doing the work and private donations covering the costs of materials. The wheelchair-friendly features will include a ramp from the house into the back yard, where Mrs. Armstrong plans to get “my hands in the dirt” by growing herbs and tomatoes. The kitchen also will be constructed in a manner that maximizes her access.
Builders Association Executive Vice President Philip Ford said one goal for the project is to try “to build them a house, debt-free.” Assorted fundraising initiatives will continue to advance this worthy cause.
Mrs. Armstrong expressed “guilt” over being the beneficiary of such generosity, pointing out that others need more help than she does. She also insisted: “I don’t want to be remembered as some tragedy. I want people to remember that we triumphed over tragedy, and we’re still together as a family.”
Such grace under devastating duress provides an uplifting reminder of how resilient and resourceful good folks can be when the going gets tough. So if you think you’ve been dealt a lousy hand, learn a positive lesson from the admirable examples of the Armstrongs — and their many friends.

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