From where are you? I am Shirley, and from Venezuela How long are you an amputee? I am an amputee since May 19, 2010. How did you became an amputee? From a giant cell tumor, sarcoma Why did you decided to become an exclusive model for Disabledplanet? I decidedto become a model when I sawthe photosand some amputee
movies, and yourcommentary.Ididn't knowtherealitythat there existamputeemodels andin view ofyour proposaland seeingthe other models;soI thoughtI likedandI doit
So I decided to become an exclusive model for Disabledplanet, and
I like it. What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is pizza and Mc Donald’s. Shrimps… ice cream, French
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Do you like to travel? Wow I love traveling…want to go to Spain…want to know
it. What do you think about people who are
attracted to amputees? This is not a judgment but everyone has
their own taste, difference, decide for something that we like most ,
indeed, fact that made of us humans not the same… Have different ways of
like something and want it, and if in case people I admire are less
attractive what to do, at least are good to me.
Can you walk easy on a prosthetic? In my case it is not easy to wear a
prosthetic. My amputation above the knee makes wounds between my legs
that are very difficult to cure, but anyway I need to learn use that. How do you feel about being an amputee? In the beginning it was very difficult for
me to accept that, and I lived on pills to sleep, I just didn’t care
anything about the world, I wanted to die, on the following days I
realized that I only could count on the help of my mother and my
children and that there were more things that happened in the world by
the way being like that nothing stopped because of me, plants grow,
people moved, and me here waiting for nothing.,
So I decided to stop and face the world all days and all nights, and I
know it was wonderful, and here I am.
I didn’t wanted to be like that but God decided; so I learn to live like
this and search for the most positive and see the beautiful of life…
I want my children whatever being value of things anyway they are very
special to me I love them more than anything… How did your family reacted when you became
My family and my children accepted my
amputation first than me. Anyway the best decision was my amputation my
life without a leg. I will have a life that suppose that was what all of
them wanted that I lived…my daughter help me very much and is very close
to me. Are there many possibilities in Venezuela
for amputees? Well here this government says that there
exist possibilities, but I didn’t found for any help and the years
passed and nothing… Going on the buses is terrible, no one stops.
In the matter of having a job there exist a law that says it’s
obligatory and you go and leave your resume; so it goes for days, months
and no one calls you, a lot of things, but this is a revolutionary
country, I can tell you that.
I live with my mum and she help me and give me things I need… I have
some friends that helps me too, my aunties, so that is how I live. What was the reaction of your husband? My husband, since he discovered my
disease, he decided to leave me. I think that I’m glad, I’m better like
this without him and my children too, so it’s me and me that cares… What was your reaction when they told you
that they needed to remove your leg? When the doctor told me that, I was in the
surgery room and there was no option, but of course it was something
that will goes over and I knew… I’m very humble and I wanted work and
study…but never it is to late having a new life as an amputee. I have to
live this way…
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