mysuccessful dancer, former reality star and disability rights activist disabilityhe chelsie Hill, encourages people with mobility difficulties to achieve their goals, just as she has.
Chelsea Hill, who started dancing at the age of 3, has been competing in national dance competitions since she was 5 years old. When she was 17 years old, she heard the words: “You’ll Never Walk Again”. She told health.com about her thoughts at the time and her doctor’s reaction: “Well, I’m not just hanging around. I’m a dancer. What does this mean; The doctor shook his head and said, “This is no longer possible.”
the chelsea story
Chealsea’s spinal cord was injured in a car accident when the car he was traveling in crashed head-on into a tree. The injury left her paralyzed from the waist down. In 2010, just before his 18th birthdayShe was training for a dance competition when her life changed forever.
“I was at a party with friends. I got in the car with a friend, who had consumed alcohol. We fell into a tree and I froze.”. For weeks after the accident he was sedated in the hospital.
“Growing up as a dancer, my body meant everything to me. I feel like it was something I was working on. It was what I wanted to do.”said the young woman, who planned to study dance in Los Angeles.
After the accident I had to cancel too many shows.. Among them the end-of-year school dance. Or at least so she believed.
“Dad asked my coach if he could somehow participate in the choreography with the rest of my teammates. They did a whole routine based on the wheelchair. My dad searched all over North Carolina. He found 17 wheelchairs and together with my trainer they told me that they already had the choreography planned. I just had to find out.”
Two months after the accident and still recovering, danced for the first time. In fact, she also showed other dancers how to dance in a wheelchair.
“At that moment I felt like o be my. It was as if she couldn’t see the wheelchair. And this longing of mine made me keep dancing.” he said and explained that it was not that easy at first. “But to go from a fully functional body that was dancing, running, jumping to hearing a stranger tell me that this is no longer possible…it was absolutely incredible. I spent the first year in disbelief. I didn’t know until then that you can go from walking to not walking in a day.”
The wheelchair dance group
Two years later, Chealsea created the dance team “The Rolls”, which then consisted of seven women with disabilities. Since then they have participated in competitions and organized a festival, which is now repeated every year.
“I had this idea, this vision, that it would be cool to have girls in wheelchairs in a ballroom.” he said. “And for me, going into the disability community, there was no such thing.. There was no place for women to go to feel ‘normal’ and then a place for women to go and empower each other and network.”
In addition to the dance team, there is also the roulette Experience, an international event where children and women in wheelchairs can feel empowered, build friendships and network through activities such as dance classes and talks by guest speakers.
The wedding and the arrival of her baby.
For a while, after her accident, Chelsea was in denial. “I didn’t want to be around wheelchair users”he explained. Eventually, she got over this feeling and began meeting other people with disabilities.
“I started to feel a little bit more like, ‘Okay, I’m not alone. and that for me was the most important thing. I needed to be around people who were like me instead of avoiding them.”
His encounters with other disabled people made him realize that the miracle he saw in movies, where a disabled person can walk again, will not happen in reality. Learning to function within this normality opened her eyes.
In 2021 he married his lover and the video of her getting out of her wheelchair and walking towards her husband-to-be had gone viral. “As soon as Jay (aka her husband) saw me, his jaw dropped,” Hill told Insider, explaining that she hadn’t prepared him for what he was about to see. “He was surprised that I was walking with my dad, because he had no idea.” added. To make his dream come true, leg braces and a fixed walker.
Today, two years after her marriage, she is enjoying life with her husband of a few months. baby his. She herself does not stop dancing and encouraging people who are experiencing situations similar to hers. her account in instagram She has nearly 250,000 followers, most of whom react to her videos and posts with positive comments, saying how much her story helps them.
Featured photo: Instagram public profile @chelsiehill.
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