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I AM CELEBRATED BECAUSE OF MY DIFFERENCES

Life is full of obstacles and challenges, but it's how you perceive your place in the world that matters

Hi, My name is Jessica. I was born missing my left arm, and then when I was just 18 months old, I accidentally knocked boiling water onto myself and suffered third degree burns to 14% of my body. It wasn't the easiest start to life, but thankfully I don't remember too much. I grew up feeling different, and longing for acceptance. Throughout my teenage years I struggled with negative body image, but I was able to channel my emotions in a positive way. I loved swimming and from the age of 13 to 21 I represented Australia. In 2004 I competed at the Paralympic Games in Athens. These days, although I'm no longer competing, I still keep very active and I've found a new passion in Yoga. I'm also a new mum and the author of a children's book littlemissjessicabooks. Life is full of obstacles and challenges, but it's how you perceive your place in the world that matters. I am celebrated because of my differences, not in spite of them!

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Paralympian, speaker and children's author :)

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I AM CELEBRATED BECAUSE OF MY DIFFERENCES

Hi, My name is Jessica. I was born missing my left arm, and then when I was just 18 months old, I accidentally knocked boiling water onto my