What this paraplegic woman accomplished will leave you inspired
When this woman became paraplegic, she didn’t just sit around in a wheelchair similar what you’d find at www.scootersnchairs.com thinking why it happened to her. Even when her physiotherapist said it wasn’t possible, her single minded focus and determination led her to do something that even able bodied people like wouldn’t dream of doing in our lifetimes.
This is the inspiring story of Lauren Watson, who achieved a dream of hers that seemed impossible thanks to her condition and pessimism shown by her doctor. Read to know more of Watson and what she achieved. May be you too will go out and do something that you always loved to do.
1 Lauren Watson
“I remember thinking it was all a bad dream,” says Watson.
Lauren Watson was just 19 when in 2000; she met with an accident that left her paralysed from waist down. The cause was severe spinal cord injuries resulting in incomplete paraplegia, which meant that she lost most of her motor and sensory workings in her legs.
She had to stay in the hospital to recuperate from the injuries and also learning to do everything from the beginning before she could think of leaving her wheelchair.
2 Physical therapy doesn’t help
[PT] for me was a constant reminder of how I was different; it made me feel more disabled,” she said.
Initially Watson kept doing the physical therapy for a better part of a decade in order to regain function in her legs, but to no avail. But one day while roaming in the mall, she saw a demonstration of aerial moves. And her physiotherapist asked her find and do things that she loved and would enjoy doing so.
She loved the aerial demonstration and decided to try it. “I thought, That has to be impossible, but if I can master it I’ll be able to do anything.”
3 What is aerial demonstration?
Aerial demonstration or better known as aerial silk is kind of artistic performance done by one or more than one artist while hanging in the air from a special fabric. It consists of many choreographed acrobatic moves.
The performers perform without any safety lines and depend totally on their training and skill for safety. They use the material to cloak, suspend, drop, swing, and twist their bodies into and out of many positions in a choreographed fashion.
The routine requires immense strength to hold on to the fabric for extended periods of time.
4 The hurdles in her way
“I couldn’t climb but I didn’t give up. If you do, you’ll spend the rest of your life wondering what if.” she says.
The first step was to find a training school for aerial arts that was ready to take Lauren as a student. After months of searching and visiting, Industry Aerial Arts finally took her in and offered complete support and guided her in a special way. Her only job for the first six months was to build up strength and pull herself up in a standing position on one leg.
She met a new physiotherapist in order to learn new leg strengthening exercises. On learning that she was doing aerial arts, the physiotherapist told her it was impossible. This motivated Watson further and she immersed herself in learning this new art.
“I think about it now and it would’ve sounded insane for a girl who’s been partially paralyzed for 14 years to plan on climbing up a silk 13 feet in the air.” But that’s exactly what Watson did.
5 Inspiration to others
“I sometimes wonder if I should tell that physiotherapist that he motivated me more by his lack of support and in a way he helped me get to where I am today,” said Watson. “Disability or not, we are all just people chasing the dream to be the best that we can be with what we have.” She continues.
Watson learned new tricks and tips in accordance to her condition and with determinations and focus took 2 years to finally be able to perform on her own and got herself recognised as an aerial artist. She has gone on to perform for the likes of Flyworx aerial circus and also performed in a music video for local Sydney band, Little Fox.
Watson concludes by saying that she really hopes that her story will help other people with disabilities to finally embrace the artist in them and they would also achieve their dream of becoming a performance artist.