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I AM CELEBRATED BECAUSE OF MY DIFFERENCES

Amputee

Jessica Smith

Life is full of obstacles and challenges, but it's how you perceive your place in the world that matters

Hi, My name is Jessica. I was born missing my left arm, and then when I was just 18 months old, I accidentally knocked boiling water onto myself and suffered third degree burns to 14% of my body. It wasn't the easiest start to life, but thankfully I don't remember too much. I grew up feeling different, and longing for acceptance. Throughout my teenage years I struggled with negative body image, but I was able to channel my emotions in a positive way. I loved swimming and from the age of 13 to 21 I represented Australia. In 2004 I competed at the Paralympic Games in Athens. These days, although I'm no longer competing, I still keep very active and I've found a new passion in Yoga. I'm also a new mum and the author of a children's book littlemissjessicabooks. Life is full of obstacles and challenges, but it's how you perceive your place in the world that matters. I am celebrated because of my differences, not in spite of them!

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