Through life you’ll encounter many times obstacles, people, events that might want to stop your momentum and the way you define YOUR LIFE on YOUR TERMS.At 22 when I lost my leg.... that was the moment that seemed like everything that I was before would come to a halt. While my career in the #military certainly did; with a lot of effort, positive people around and the will to "Nut Up And Out Ball‘Em” things came to a change. My doctors suggested to change hobbies and for a while I doubted myself..... But at the end you only have one run on this crazy stream called life so I decided to give kiteboarding another chance.... a hard one! Disabilities should not define you; how you decide to live your life does. It makes you, molds you and gives you strength. Now days I keep putting my two cents within the military family. I teach fellow veterans how to #kiteboard for free within the US with different Non-Profits such as Veterans Adventure Group as well as compete in different kiteboarding events as the only female amputee kiter. I will keep jumping over trees with my kite and keep pushing outwards the misconception, and stigma that disabilities should bound you to a chair. That life is over once you've been through trauma or missing a part of your body; and this is my #NutUp journey!

It was a weekend of ups and downs. Straight out of the trailer Dawson liked the course a lot which is definitely a #rarity, but a good sign. At the start of the race he was in last place off the line and actually crashed once before entering the woods. Instead of giving up or giving in, he went to work and after the first lap Dawson had worked his way up to 2nd place just 28 seconds out of 1st. On the second lap he made the pass for the lead and never looked back! 1st Place finish with a time of 1:14:02 !!

My greatest NUAOBE moment happened 4 months ago when my dream and I came crashing down, quite literally. I’ve always known being a performer and dancer is exhausting but nothing could have prepared me for the moment when I fractured a vertebra on my spine in the middle of a national tour across the county. One show, I get onstage to start our first number that I’m dancing en pointe and feel a shooting pain up my back. Feeling it was too late to call out I had to #NutUp. I couldn’t let my cast mates down and it was too late to call the swing in, so I went back out and cautiously finished the rest of the show, barely. The next day I was taken to urgent care. After an X-ray and evaluation, I was told I had fractured a piece in my back and was not cleared to dance for a long time. I was told I wouldn’t be able to continue the tour and would have to be sent home the next day. I was devastated. I didn’t want to leave my show family and was #heartbroken that such a large piece of my life was being taken away. I shed a lot of tears that night at the show. Tears to my fantastic crew and dressers whom I would miss. Tears for the beautiful show that the cast brought to the stage. Tears that I couldn’t stand next to them like I did every night. The next morning I was put on a plane back to #NYC to begin my recovery of doctors appointments, physical therapy, and rest. Now I'm back on my feet as no injury is going to take me out for long. Dance is my life and I won't ever stop.

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