• Laura’s Story

    This is the story of a very brave girl, this is the story of Laura.  We met her at the girls’ meet this past Sept, she was the fastest rider who won the Rayne Hustler in the contest we made during La Noche en Negro. Who would have thought that behind her,  there was such an incredible and inspiring story:

    “After one intense month of heavy headaches, loss of equilibrium and inexplicable  loss of sight, on March 30th of 2009, one  day after my birthday I was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

    The tumor was located in the encephalon and spinal medulla, the section of the brain that controls balance and sight between others.

    After a long surgery everything came out fine, but I had to learn anew how to walk, like a 1 year old baby. My eyes were uncoordinated ( everything I saw looked doubled) and  I lost my hair with the post op radiation treatment for the residual tumors. The doctors told me that little by little after a month I would start recovering my eyesight and balance. I  would go  around grabbing my mother, then later on crutches and then finally I was able to stand with no help from others. Of course, nobody would have bet a penny that I could ride, I was lucky enough to be walking!!!…

    One day I  went down to the garage where I kept my old skateboard and couldn’t but hop on, but inevitably I fell off. I didn’t say anything to my parents, I didn’t want to worry them.

    In time I went to Salamanca (Spain) for my design studies, where I met a guy that rode a longboard and I fell in love with it at first sight. Onwards  I took it upon myself the recovery,  and taking control over  the board was part of it.  I have not let it go since  or wanted to for that matter. It’s part of me as much as it is breathing and eating.

    The feeling of freedom as if I was flying when I am on top of my board is something I cannot explain with words. Only thing I can say is there is always a smile on my face since I started riding again and that it has helped me a lot in my recovery. 

    I’m happy to say that the only medication I take right now is cruising daily, if possible during the night, with awesome music.

    Another passions of mine is art. I love it!! I love to draw, paint, illustrate… I am lucky to combined both loves, while painting some boards for a friend. These years have taught me that the only way you can make your dreams come true is to really go after them. It is clear for me now that will  is power and that   we need to live in the present as we never know what is going to happen to us. It only takes believing  in yourself  to get wherever you want!”

Discussion 14 Responses

  1. 07/02/2012 at 4:16 pm

    so touching. same as you the first time i saw men rode a longboard i fell inlove with it too. but since then i cant afford to buy because its too expensive and my father wont buy me a longboard. keep it up laura and take care always

  2. 08/02/2012 at 2:32 am

    She inspires me even more to actually learn to ride :)

  3. 08/02/2012 at 1:40 pm

    Such an inspiring life! Laura you rock girl!!

  4. 08/02/2012 at 10:02 pm

    Go Girl Go \o! Very cool your desk.

  5. 09/02/2012 at 9:06 am

    Never leave your passions!♥

  6. 10/02/2012 at 9:58 pm

    Awesome!! Anything is possible for anybody, we just have to get inspired by Laura. Believe in yourself and get out there!!! :)

  7. 14/02/2012 at 3:29 am

    Thank you very much everyone for all the encouragement. I send you positive vibes for everyone and a lots of smiles :D :D :D :D :D ….

  8. 28/02/2012 at 4:01 pm

    Hi Laura,

    Quite a moving story you have there, i hope you are totally
    fine today. Say, i really like your drawing, is there any more
    you could show me through a website or something?

    Take care

    stephane

  9. 15/05/2012 at 10:51 am

    go go laura go!:D

  10. 11/02/2013 at 11:43 pm

    Amapolilla, you are the best!!!

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