Deze week de spotlight op Jess Quinn. Een inspirerende vrouw vanwege haar doorzettingsvermogen en ondernemingsgeest!
De nu 21-jarige brak toen ze negen was haar been: aanvankelijk leek dit een gewone breuk:
As a nine year old girl I was completely innocent and naive to how quickly ones life can change forever but this was a lesson I was about to learn. Being a very athletic child it would only be fitting that the transition from my old life to my new one would begin in such a way. One afternoon, playing outside with my sister, I thought it would be a great idea to show off and try to balance on a soccer ball. I successfully managed to get my sisters attention before I came crashing to the ground with a scream that alerted both my parents – and possibly the whole neighbourhood. My Mum quickly called the ambulance and my Dad scooped me up in his arms. I was immediately taken to the hospital, a place I would soon call home.
Helaas bleek er meer aan de hand te zijn: na maanden in het ziekenhuis bleek dat Jess botkanker had en verloor ze haar been definitief. Ze is ondanks haar medische tegenslagen altijd sportief en ondernemend geweest; iets wat ze nu tot uiting brengt als ability activist. Ze strijdt voor betere en vooral mooiere protheses, die niet alleen maar functioneel medisch zijn maar er ook goed uitzien. Zo is ze begonnen met het maken van verwisselbare 3D-geprinte protheses.
I would like to now say “and the rest was history” but it wasn’t. The next 5 years of my life were tough, really tough. I remember thinking, “man, I thought the cancer was the hard part, that was nothing”. I spent my adolescent years questioning everything, beating myself up, asking “Why me? What did I do to deserve this”, I wanted so badly to be just like my friends, running around without a care in the world. It took me really accepting what I had been through and realising how much of an impact I now have on people’s lives to be at peace. I’d always been told, “Wow, you’re so inspiring, you’re so positive given everything you’ve been through”, but in my head I wondered, how else was I supposed to react, just sit a sulk for the next 80 years? I don’t think so!
My life completely change when I found confidence within myself, when I stopped hiding my prosthetic and started to rock it, I realised people weren’t staring at me in a malicious way, they were simply intrigued. It is through this acceptance that I have found the reason for why this happened to me. I now consider myself very lucky to have a platform to help make this world a better place.
Volg Jess hier ook op Instagram.