Just going outside in shorts in summer. Lisa Brockschmidt didn't dare to do that for a long time because of her leg prostheses. Meanwhile she has found this courage. But why this required courage at all, she herself does not know. What she likes about other amputees, how she relates to her orthopaedic technician and who else is important to the 22-year-old, she tells us at REHACARE.com.
Name: Lisa Brockschmidt Age: 22 City: Hessen, Germany Occupation: Student/blogger Impairment: Lower leg amputee on both sides (and some fingers had to go too)
Lisa Brockschmidt: Sarcasm, irony and the black humor that often prevails among amputees.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Lisa Brockschmidt: Actually I jumped out of a plane before! Otherwise I try to become more self-confident every day and not hide my limbs any more. Why does this require courage? I'd like to know that myself!
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Lisa Brockschmidt: One person is not enough. My family, my best friend, Christina (Schneider) and my technician to name only a few. My family because they were always there for me and they showed me, what I am capable of if I just want it enough. My best friend for her support, for listening to all of my doubts and for cheering on me.
My technician Martin Brehm because he has always the right foot for me. Perfect match, every time! And for knowing me being ready for a prosthetic sports legs without cosmetics by a simple Facebook like.
And Christina because the common fate has not only brought us together (through the same technician), but we understand each other on a very special (leg) level. Pushing each other to jump into the deep end in order to overcome the barriers in our head has achieved a lot. Always according to the motto: Your only limit is you!
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled. What would you do first?
Lisa Brockschmidt: Get a better overview of the paperwork. How is it possible that there are so many differences in disability degrees from person to person? Often for no apparent reason. And that so many don't get the help they deserve? Health insurance companies should also be more strictly controlled in these matters. Everyone who is entitled to an auxiliary mean should also get the best one possible!
It sounds old-fashioned, but for Lisa Brockschmidt it makes no sense to look back. She prefers to look forward and enjoy things that life has to offer.
What is especially near and dear to you?
Lisa Brockschmidt: That more people stand by themselves and do not hide or make themselves small because of their fate. Unfortunately, loving yourself is still the hardest part...
And that by talking to each other the real barriers, namely fears of contact and prejudices, can finally be abolished. Today, an artificial limb should not make anyone think of science fiction any more neither of the wooden legs of the past.
I would like to be ...
Lisa Brockschmidt: ... free of any fear for once.
Which questions would you like answered the most?
Lisa Brockschmidt: One page is not enough. ;-)
Why are sports prostheses only for children? Or why should you do without something else instead...
Why do some people have to go to the social court for the auxiliary means to which they are entitled?
And when will the air-conditioned liner be launched on the market? :D
The list is endless... What else I wanted to say...
Lisa Brockschmidt: Where there is a will, there is a way! I'm looking ahead as the journey is the reward and stumbling blocks are part of it. Life is beautiful, even with one foot more or less.