Q: How old are you?
A: 15 years old
Q: What type of Spina Bifida do you have?
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!!