DAILY LIVING & MOBILITY

How I Live An Adventurous Life With Scoliosis

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Diego Lorente

My brief story with Scoliosis

Hi! My name is Diego and I´m a Spanish designer. I've been in a wheelchair for the past nine years, due to a series of medical failures in two operations. I had an Astrocytoma inside my spinal cord and it had to be removed. After the operation I could not move my legs properly and I developed Scoliosis.

New Barriers with Scoliosis

At first I felt overwhelmed. Suddenly, a lot of barriers appeared in my environment. I noticed the general lack of awareness and felt alone. Then I realized that I could not wait for the world to change for me: I had to adapt to the world.   From that point, everything changed. When you don´t care about prejudgements and limits, you start to be free, and all the barriers you saw before begin to disappear.

wheelchairs are just a tool, not a defect

I started to challenge myself. If I loved the sea, why could I not take a diving trip? If I loved freedom and the sky, why could I not sail the skies in a small plane? At first it was difficult, but I had help and could meet the challenges. Now being a wheelchair driver does not prevent me from doing what I love. Remember that a wheelchair is just a tool, not a defect. You can follow your dreams and enjoy life,  love and anything else, like everyone.

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