Amanda Lopez: I would say the biggest life message that I say all the time whether you have a disability or not, don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your dreams 

1. Introduce yourself(tell about yourself & who you are)

My name is Amanda Lopez and I’m 32 years old born and raised in Orlando, Florida. I have recently moved to Texas where luckily I have family here the cost-of-living is a lot better and a lot more opportunities. 

2. What are your passions in life that you are working towards?

I myself have always been in to singing fashion make up pretty much anything entertainment. I just haven’t really been able to put together anything where I’m consistent with it because I don’t know how to be marketable. 

3. What are some goals in life you’d like to complete?

I have quite a bit of goals my biggest goal is to become successful of course if it’s an entertainment but if it’s even anything else I’ve always like to train and coach people and different jobs that I’ve worked and that’s something that I’m trying to work towards now. it’s not a dream, but it’s security I’m all about security in a job.

4. What is a life message you would like to share with people around the world? 

I would say the biggest life message that I say all the time whether you have a disability or not, don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving your dreams 

5. I have seen you spoke about having a prosthetic leg and other things that made you unique from others when you were born, describe your journey and how would you like to inspire others who are born the same way?

I was born with what they call amniotic band syndrome so I’m missing part of my right leg which is why I wear a prosthetic I have a club foot so my feet are webbed Im missing a toe on my left and then my fingers are underdeveloped. from the age of three weeks to six years old, I had about nine operations. my parents raised me pretty well, and I went to wonderful schools where I was never bullied or anything like that but even in public there’s been times when people say comments or stare at me and I used to not say anything but I’ve grown, and I stand up for myself in public, and I have no shame in telling someone what are you looking at or going off on them because I feel that you can’t let strangers who don’t even know you because it’s rude, and I feel also parents need to teach their children that it’s rude to stare. I also say to with any disability you can do anything if you really truly put your mind to it there’s so many people out there that are worse off than me with different disabilities and they are able to achieve so many things. 

6. What are some mental struggles you’ve faced in life, and how did you overcome them? 

I never talked about it much but being on my own I’ve never lived on my own now I do at 32 years old I have dealt with a lot of emotional and mental abuse, and I am able to mask it very well where I am super bubbly super fun but no one will really know unless you’re very close to me. so I would say the way I am overcoming them is I’m able to live on my own but therapy no matter if you’re even OK everyone still needs to talk to an outsider and I feel it’s helpful and mental is very important because your mental state has to be very strong, and you have to be able to handle all kinds of situations. 

7. What are some questions you would like to ask other people around the world?

The questions I would have to ask from people around the world is how would I inspire them through my social media what suggestions can they give me even people that don’t have a disability or also people that are so strong how can I be stronger.

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