I was born with a rare form of spina bifida, having to kneel in a wheelchair instead of being able to sit.
But that is not who I am.
For most of my life, I refused to be defined by the limitations other people see when they look at me and challenged the narrative of how disabled women should and shouldn´t behave.
I am stubborn.
When my teachers told me they had never heard of journalists in a wheelchair, I published my first article. I was 18.
When my parents told me I would never be able to live alone, I moved away and refused to accept any form of care or help.
When my mother told me that traveling alone was impossible, I bought a ticket and went to Paris.
When doctors told me I would not recover from a severe bone infection and was facing a short life span, I turned away from traditional medicine and learned to trust my body. I had been in and out of the hospital with sepsis after sepsis for the bigger part of 2017 and antibiotics made my condition worse, not better. 18 months later my infection had healed. This was when I reflected on my life´s journey and asked myself what my purpose might be.
I want to make a difference in the world and add value to people’s lives.
„Don´t accept what other people tell you about yourself“