Paralysis Took Her Legs, But Her Strength Has Lifted Her To New Heights

Never stop.

Lauren Watson was left partially paralyzed from the waist down after a bad car accident in 2000, at the age of 19.


According to Buzzfeed, Lauren lost a "majority of motor and sensory function" and was stuck in the hospital for nearly six months after the accident.

She just remembered thinking, "it was all a bad dream."

But she wasn't about to sit around in the wheelchair. She was going to do something about it.

Lauren decided she was going to take up aerial performing as part of her therapy to gain back control of her life and legs.

Before she got up in the air, she faced her first challenge.

There was little interest from most schools in taking her on as a student, but she finally came across Industry Aerial Arts. t took her months to

It took her months to gain the strength to fly.

Even her doctors didn't offer much support through the process, as she explains in the Instagram post below.

That didn't stop her, though. 

She explained to Caroline Kee from Buzzfeed, "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."

As the strength came back into her legs, she has been able to pull off some pretty miraculous moves in the air.

It all comes down to perseverance and trying something new and harder every time.

Even when she faces an obstacle, she told Buzzfeed that "I always find new ways to make it work."

Thanks Lauren for inspiring us. You're amazing.

Not only has Lauren gone on to perform in shows, she also appeared in a music video for Little Fox called "Edits."

Truly amazing.


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