Little Girls are Superheroes in Disguise
Updated: Nov 5, 2019
Grab your garments and unleash your superpower!
Photo by BTP by Alison Hillman
Close your eyes and allow your mind to drift back to your childhood. Were you worried about what the other kids would think of you, whether they would call you names or laugh at the way you looked?
Amy Rivera had these fears-only in her case, they unfolded into reality. During her youth, her peers bullied her unmercifully. Amy was born with primary #lymphedema, leaving her right leg twice the size of her left leg. She often heard whispers throughout the hallways as other students would point and say "there is the elephant leg girl." She reached such a low point that she tried to change her identity through pageants, thinking if she won a title then the name-calling would stop-it did. Amy's new name was "the beauty queen with the big leg.
Amy wasn't going to allow her tormentors to keep her down. She decided to be her own superhero in a world that desperately needed one.
My disability became my superpower.
Driven by a desire to help other lymphedema patients, she organized a nonprofit called Ninjas Fighting Lymphedema. Amy's goal was to turn her pain into purpose and build a community that she yearned for as a child. “I was never meant to fit in, I was meant to be a superhero.”
One last thing...
It's time to unleash your superpower and join the Ninjas as we fight #lymphedema one kick at a time.