Run, just start running: Lisa Scheer couldn't do that for fourteen years because her knee was stiff. About a year ago she decided to have an amputation of the leg. How this decision and the time before it shaped and changed her and her life, she tells at REHACARE.com.
Name: Lisa Scheer Age: 26 City: Duisburg, Germany Occupation: Trained dental technician, from 2018 trainee as orthopaedic technology mechanic Impairment: Leg amputation, after childhood cancer - endoprosthesis in the leg, thus my knee remained stiff for 14 years, then amputation at my own request (November 2016)
Lisa Scheer: To live up to all my ideas and wishes.
What have you always been wanting to do and why have you never done this so far?
Lisa Scheer: After 14 years with a stiff leg I would just like to go running again. But with my prosthesis, this will still take some time. Otherwise all sorts of other activities such as learning to surf, climbing, skating... everything comes with time.
Which person has influenced you most? And why?
Lisa Scheer: I myself. I also think that everyone should influence themselves the most, because: Who else knows better what you want. Otherwise, of course, my parents. My mother was always the calm and serene one and my father was always the goal-getter and a doer.
You have the chance to become the Commissioner for the Disabled in your country. What would you do first?
Lisa Scheer: All disabled people who have real problems with driving and parking should be able to obtain a parking permit. To ease all the bureaucracy that is usually difficult for people with disabilities and puts more obstacles in their way... Hiring people to take care of people after something has happened to them, such as an operation. Someone who takes you by the hand and teaches you all sorts of tips and tricks.
Lisa Scheer wants to encourage other people with disabilities to stand by themselves - just the way they are.
What is it that is most important to you?
Lisa Scheer: I want people to be more tolerant, that all people with disabilities no longer have to and should not hide. Everyone is as they are and everyone is special. I see my disability, cancer and everything I've been through as a gift today. Because not every human being has the luck to be put to the test by his fate. I have learned a lot and only because of all the strains, I am the person I am today. I would never have been so self-confident if the children at school hadn't bullied me, back then. I would never have been so strong and tough today if I hadn't had to endure so much suffering and pain. I would never have been so mature and cosmopolitan today if I hadn't had to grow up so early as a child.
I would like to be ...
Lisa Scheer: at the Paralympics.
Which questions would you like answered the most?
Lisa Scheer: On a lot of questions, but most will always remain unanswered and the remaining answers, we all have to look for ourselves in life. Some questions must and should never be answered.
What else I wanted to say...
Lisa Scheer: Thank you for this short interview. I am always happy to be able to help other people when my blog and words reach people who may have been looking for them. I hope that the world will become more and more tolerant and open, and I also hope that all people with disabilities will understand and feel at some point why they are the ones who have to go through this ordeal.