Kathleen - Blade Runner
“Growing up I loved dancing; ballet, modern, jazz, tap, Irish dancing — you name it!
Then, when I was 18 — and in my first semester of University — I caught bacterial meningitis. The hardest moment of my life was being told that I would have to have both of my legs amputated below the knee.
I didn’t know about all the options available to me then and I thought that I would never walk again, let alone run or dance.
When I started rehabilitation, I was determined to get back on my (prosthetic) feet and begin to walk again as soon as possible.
But even after I’d learnt to walk on my prosthetics I couldn’t stop comparing my new body to my old one.
I was confronted with the fact that my body was unable to run or move in the same way as it had before — the feet I was using made it impossible."