Hello my name is Ashley and I'm 23 years old. I was born missing the lower part of my right arm. I grew up in a day and age where I never saw anyone like me. You didn't see people with missing limbs working in your local grocery store, on TV, on billboards, or even being confident just walking around. I never had a role model growing up. I always thought that I was alone. That I was the only one on this whole planet who was missing an arm. I always questioned a higher power wondering "why me?" ... "Why me out of all these other people?". But now I think I've figured it out. After growing up competing on horseback, dancing, and as an adult performing and scuba diving I know my purpose now. I am now an ambassador for an Organization called Lucky Fin Project. The NPO brings awareness to limb differences using Nemo from Finding Nemo as a mascot because of his Lucky Fin. With the power of social media and awareness I can be that role model that I so desperately needed as a child. Growing up having a role model is important. I was put on this earth to make a difference.
Submitted by Ashley Sherman