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Marcela Turna

Your name/about yourself ?

Hi, my name is Marcela. I'm Peruvian. When I was 20 years old I was involved in a car accident that left me paralyzed from the waist down and also lost my leg I am an above the knee amputee as well (I wear a prosthetic)I have lived with my injuries for 15 years now , but during those years my injuries never defined the woman I am today. I'm adventurous and love to live life like there is no tomorrow.

What do you do?

I used to work for the healthcare field for many years as a patient advocate then I decided to leave my job to finish my bachelors in Public Relations. While I'm working on my degree I volunteer to help different nonprofits that help people with disabilities. I am also a Rewalk robotics pilot and a peer mentor. I'm also a motivational speaker.

Why did you get into that?

I really like to be involved and help the disabled community in any way I can. I think it's important to give hope and send a message that with/out disability everyone can have a great life.

Name 3 words to describe you best?

I'm unstoppable, determined, and great with people.

Which females influence you the most?

One is Oprah Winfrey, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Malala Yousafzai. These women are the epitome of strength to me.

What struggles have you over come and how?

I struggle every day. Life isn't always pink and purple. In fact, Everyone struggles in some way. Life isn't perfect. I honestly do not focus much on my struggles I just keep rolling.

How do you stay positive and focused?

Positivity is a mindset. Every day I try to live my life the best I can and If I missed something that day I continue living tomorrow. I never look back. Never.

I would say love yourself first so you can give the best of you to your loved ones. Never give up and be an unstoppable human being.