- Teaira Daniels is a cosmetologist from Cincinnati, United States
- Neuromyelitis optica left her paralysed from the waist down during her college years
- Through sheer determination, she graduated and is now inspiring millions around the world by doing what she loves despite her disability
A young cosmetologist living with a disability is inspiring millions of people around the world with her determination to succeed.
Teaira Daniels, from Cincinnati in the United States, was diagnosed with neuromyelitis optica in 2013 when she was still in college, Buzzfeed reports.
It left her paralysed from the waist down. A video showing her attending to a client at her salon using a standing wheelchair went viral recently.
The story behind the video is truly inspiring. Teaira overcame the initial shock of losing her mobility and bravely went through several surgeries and hours of physical therapy.
Through sheer determination, she eventually graduated in 2017, Briefly.co.za learned.
Determined to work at a salon, Teaira started an online campaign to raise $18,000 (R249,000) for a standing wheelchair.
In an interview, the hairstylist explained:
I needed to have the proper chair so that I could be higher than my clients when it came to styling and [applying] chemical products.
Well-wishers came through for her and she eventually got a special wheelchair that enabled her to stand when she needed to.
Teaira now wants to use her story to inspire others:
I just want to encourage and show others that no matter what you are going through, hold on. I find that with time the pain in my life has eased and I am able to smile.
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