People with Spina Bifida can do the same things that “normal” people can do. Mada is the perfect example!

Q: How old are you?

A: 15 years old

Q: What type of Spina Bifida do you have?

A: Meningocele

Q: How can we continue to follow your story?

A: on IG @madasteel1


My name is Mada and I have Spina Bifida. I try to live my life to the fullest!

When my mom found out I had Spina Bifida she decided to name me Mada. She wanted an Irish name that resembled the way I was going to live life. She knew I would have to fight to just be here.  Mada means powerful warrior in Gaelic. When I was born my parents didn’t know if I would be able to walk but I did when I was about 5.  I started to swim when I got to the age of 10 and I’ve even participated in the Paralympic events in Colorado.

I got to meet Michelle Obama! When I get older, I want to be an advocate for people with disabilities and I got to talk to her about that.  I even started Crossfit and it has been SO AWESOME!



I just want to motivate people to do things that they can’t even imagine and show people ways that I have not only adapted to Crossfit but, to life! People with disabilities can do the same things that other “normal “ people can do, we may just do it a little differently.
I want people to know that they’re not alone and there are always people who are going through the same things they are.  I can’t express that enough!




To say Mada is incredible is an understatement!  At the young age of 15 she is already on her way to being a very successful young lady.  I wish I was even half as brave as she was at that age.  I see greatness in her future and look forward to following her journey!  GO GET EM MADA!!

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Kristin Marquis

Hey there! I'm Kristin. I live in the beautiful Seacoast town of Portsmouth, NH with my hubby Matt and our rescue pup Charlie. I was born with Spina Bifida and made this website in hopes that I would reach other people going through the same difficult things as I have and also to inspire others to embrace their differences and live Spina-Beautifully!