Paul De Gelder, australian Army / Navy Special forces, was attacked by a bull shark during a routine work day training for bomb diffusing. Paul has an incredible story and has accomplished an incredible amount of conservation, 3x published author, television show host, public speaker, and all around super human. Positivity and motivation are a huge reason why im such a fan of this guy.
April is Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month. Every day, more than 500 people in the U.S. lose a limb. By 2050, the Amputee Coalition estimates that the number of people with limb loss will nearly double. The loss of a limb can happen for numerous reasons, everything from an accident to diabetes or even cancer.
Rosalina Oktavia finds strength in sharing her story with her online community she said: Whether you are disabled, fat, thin, tall or short, it is crucial to understand that you are beautiful and that you can always be proud of yourself, no matter what. Life is too short to worry about your body, so you must always keep smiling and think positively. Don’t care what others think about you and never give up on your dreams!
One of America’s most decorated athletes of all-time, a speaker, author, advocate and sports personality. She said: “With the never ending support of my family, I understood that the only thing that was going to impact my future was my attitude towards my life.”
Emery Vanderburgh co-founded the advocacy group Ampuseek because of the challenges she faced getting funding for a prosthetic leg.
Jess Quinn has a passion for helping people overcome adversity and insecurity using her own experiences. Since losing her right leg to cancer at the age of 9, Jess has refused to let that stand in her way of living life to its fullest with a core passion for helping others overcome their physical and mental setbacks along the way.
Brought up in LA, the athletic daughter of two former models, Wasser turned down a basketball scholarship to embark on her own career in fashion. “Growing up, [my body] was something that I thought was untouchable,” she muses. After her amputation, Wasser describes how she had to rebuild herself “from the inside out and really see what life was about – that it was about so much more than just the physical form”.
Russ Foxx, using body modification to enhance human abilities. He defined himself as a transhumanist.
What is normal and what is different? When someone’s life changes and is exposed to unexpected circumstances, it’s hard to trust that there are other ways of doing things, other ways to remain useful. Love, tenacity and imagination are the weapons used by Lary, a very special mermaid who is capable of showing that being “different” strengthens and enriches, not only oneself but everyone around her. The universe provides us with infinite capacities, we are the ones who decide to take advantage of them, or not.
“My parents detonated a bomb inside our tiny, thatched roof hut. I was supposed to die that night.” “I don’t remember the explosion. It’s strange to know something so traumatic happened to you that you shouldn’t be alive, but you have no memory of it. Even though it changed the trajectory of my life in the most profound way. One
Little leg, big attitude. Muaythai fighter congenital amputee portrait photographer. Content creator and disability advocate.
“I’m the first amputee a lot of pro athletes have ever seen, let alone lifting the amount of weight that I do,” said Heath. “They don’t know the struggle of what it is being an amputee, and wearing a prosthetic. When I take off my running blade and take off my stump sleeve, and they see a large-scale of skin and blisters, they’re like, ‘Yo, what?’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ And they’re like, ‘How are you training on that?’ It just opened up a whole different conversation.”