My name is Sarah Marquez and I am a mother of seven. In March of 2011 I was hit by a car and the accident vaulted me causing a broken leg. When they came to do the surgery they discovered that there was too much nerve and tissue damage so I opted for the amputation so that I could get back on my feet and start living life again.
Everybody thought it was going to bring me down. But it didn’t. It did the opposite, it made me fight harder for me, for my kids. I’m very independent, so the hardest part was getting dressed, taking showers, my meals, going up and down the stairs on my house. After I got my prosthetic I started to do some physical therapy. The physical therapist had recommended that I seek a gym and I remember there was a 24 hour fitness not far from my home. So I went and paid them a visit and decided that this was gonna be the perfect fit for me.
I was I was doing this for myself get back on my feet and be someone of the normal person that I used to be before, you know without my limb.
Sarah’s greatest gift is her attitude I’ve never met anyone like her. I’ve never heard her complain. I’ve never heard her like be skeptical of an outcome. I think it’s possible for her and I always refer to her with my clients about saying this is the kind of attitude you need to have to be successful.
She gives so much of herself and she’s so warm and she seeks new experiences and so she inspires me to think outside the box. I’ve created so many exercises just because we’ve gone through so many already. It’s like, let’s do something new and after like really be creative.
It’s a education in the self as well I used to think I didn’t want to let them down but I don’t wanna let myself down I want to be able to do the workout and know that I’ve got go to workout. I’ve told them I hate to sweat and when I’m sweating I know that I’m working out the progress that I’ve made is in my balance in my core by being able to walk simple things that would take for granted I’m whole I am I’m feeling like my like my normal self.
Before people ask me, did being amputated make me different. I tell them no. I don’t even think about that. Sometimes I feel great about myself. I want to keep doing what I’m doing and my challenge actually believe it or not is to do a cartwheel and to get back into my heels. I have heels that I haven’t worn but I want to get back into.