I guess it's not often that people get to achieve their wildest dreams as a result of their worst nightmare. I'm pretty lucky in that respect.
In 2010, I injured my right leg and my life changed forever. Unable to walk on my leg now, I use elbow crutches to get around.
Natty having a look at the 70 footer on the Middle Palguin in Chile.
I quickly realized that although I had to learn how to live in a different way, I was still the same person. I needed adventure in my life. I started kayaking.
My first time paddling on whitewater gave me the sense of adventure and independence I had been longing for. It's hard to me to describe the freedom I feel when I'm on the water. It just feels right. I am no longer defined by my disability. My kayak becomes a part of my body and I can excel.
Dropping in on the 70 footer on the Middle Palguin.
I didn't realize what I was doing was that different, until people started telling me how inspired they were. I have such an awesome group of paddling friends. I just feel like part of the team. We all help each other to achieve our dreams. I just need a little more help than most people do.
When I first came out of the hospital after my accident, if someone had told me that in a few years time I would be shooting a 70 foot waterfall in Chile and featuring in the same race winners table as Evan Garcia, there's no way I would have believed it.
I now know that if I whole-heartedly believe in my dreams, anything is possible.
I can't wait for my next adventure.
Natty Cordon sustained a life-changing injury in 2010 at the age of 20. Today, she lives for whitewater kayaking, a sport that liberates her from her disability. You can find out more about Natty on her website: www.nattycordonkayaking.com
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