Athlete Misty Diaz shows how limitless life with spina bifida can be

first_img Beau Lund Written by August 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Athlete Misty Diaz shows how limitless life with spina bifida can becenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC(LOS ANGELES) — Misty Diaz bench presses more than her own body weight. She dominates in the gym and on the Spartan Field – completing more than 65 Spartan Races to date. She is an absolute force – but when she was born, doctors never thought she’d even be able to walk.Diaz was born with spina bifida, something only 1,645 babies are born with each year in the U.S., according to the CDC.“Spina bifida means split spine. So for my case, my spine was completely exposed at L5,” Diaz told “Nightline.” “I had most of my organs on the outside of my body.”She says doctors told her parents “to let nature [run] its course” when she was born. They responded, “’Do whatever you need to do in order to keep our child alive.’”She flew to Fresno Children’s Hospital from her home in Los Angeles. “They couldn’t figure it out. So they flew me to UCLA Hospital. That’s where I had every operation.”In total, Diaz had 28 surgeries there.“I was never able to make friends… growing up,” Diaz said. “It was really hard because kids didn’t understand, like kids thought I was contagious.”Her family chose to home school her because she kept getting sick.“Kids around that age were going on dates, going to prom, going to homecoming,” she said. “I never got to do any of those. I never got to go to homecoming. No one ever asked me out.”But Diaz says her parents never focused on the things she couldn’t do — they pushed her to find all the things she could achieve.“They did a really, really good job at making sure that I was independent,” she said. “Making sure that I didn’t make any excuses. [My mom] just would be like, ‘I’m not going to be here, so I’m not going to reach that for you — How would you get that?’”“At the time, I would literally cry and throw a fit,” Diaz said. “And she’s like, ‘You don’t understand, as a mother it was like the worst. I just wanted to grab it for you… But I know you can do it.’”Diaz says “just figuring it out” has been her “entire life.”“Like I literally will just sign up for something, and I’m like OK, you figure this out.”To date, she has signed up and completed more than 200 endurance races around the world, including Malaysia and Japan. But not long ago, these medals seemed impossible.“I went to UCLA with [an] overnight bag just to get me through the night. And I was supposed to be released that day,” she said of her most recent surgery in 2010.“I was there for 10 days and I was given morphine two to three times a day. And then when I left… I was still bleeding. Like, I was still severely in pain. So in order for me to cope, I kept refilling my prescription. And anybody knows if you take any type of opiate, any type of something mind-altering, you’re never the same,” she said. “I was losing everything. I lost my house, I lost a lot of stuff.”She said she knew she needed to make a change when she realized “no one was going to help me… I was just like, ‘I am too young for this.’”Diaz started off by just walking, and quickly that walk went from a run to a full-on sprint.“I thought I’d sign up for a 5K so I went online and I found one. And I showed up in a purple tutu and Payless shoes,” she laughed. “[I] ran when everybody ran and stopped when everybody stopped. And that was it.”She said she “just kept showing up to races.”“I slowly got everything back. I got a job at a better job. I got a car and a better car. I got my dog back. I got my own apartment. I got a better apartment. We’re doing good.”The gym is now a part of Diaz’s everyday life. Her boyfriend Chad Hirschman, who she’s been dating for five years, is often doing pull ups right by her side.“We met online. It was I was at the gym actually, working out. And I got, like, this notification. This guy was, like, ‘I think I just saw you on the news,’” she laughed. “I was, like, ‘Oh no.’”“I might’ve been persistent,” Hirschman said. “I thought she was sweet and a good person.”Life together is sweet, but sometimes the outside world can be cruel.“People, like, point. And sometimes you just wanna go to the grocery store and get some milk,” she said. “That would make you feel like, ‘Well, what’s wrong with me?’”Diaz says her goal is to show the world that spina bifida doesn’t define who she is. She’s working with brands to help make their products more adaptive and came out with her own lipstick line for makeup brand REALHER.“My overall goal is to create some type of…lipstick, mascara, blush, for someone who has dexterity issues, quadriplegic–elderly, to be able to hold the product and be independent to put makeup on,” she explained.She says she believes it’s “really important, whether it just be a lipstick… the confidence that gives somebody, whether it be red or just gloss. I want people to be independent.”Independent and beautiful, inside and out. That self-love is the core belief behind the movement Diaz helped launch — #SpinaBeautiful.“The bigger picture is that so many people who are adaptive, who have spina bifida, are just crushing life,” she said.She visits young people just like herself to show them how limitless an adaptive life can be.“I think that has been the biggest battle of my entire life, is just having acceptance within myself,” she said. “You know, years later, simply just standing in front of the mirror and saying, ‘You know what? You are beautiful, you are strong, you are confident.’ [That] allowed me to continue to grow and to finally be the person that I am.”She says she’s been thinking about “getting a little older… I don’t know how long I’m gonna be like, running. Like, let’s be real,” she laughed.“But I’m having fun… I wanna look back. I’m gonna be old. I’m gonna be [a] cute, little old lady with red lipstick. And I’m gonna be, like, ‘You guys. Look at these medals.’”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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Paramour’s Ruby Lewis on Her Jaw-Dropping Party Trick, Fave Starlet & First Time at the Circus

first_img Related Shows Age: 31Hometown: Shelbyville, KentuckyCurrent Role: Making her Broadway debut as the leading lady Indigo James in Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway show Paramour, which is an extravaganza of music, storytelling and eye-popping acrobatics set in Hollywood’s Golden Age.Stage & Screen Cred: Lewis’ stage credits include the national tours of We Will Rock You, Jersey Boys, Grease and Gypsy as well as West Coast productions of Baz, 9 to 5 and more. Her film and TV credits include Medium, Brothers and Sisters, Rules of Engagement, Desperate Housewives, Masters of Sex, Girls Meets World, Pass the Light, Another Perfect Stranger and more. Cirque du Soleil PARAMOUR Ruby Lewis photographed at The Skylark (Photo: Caitlin McNaney) center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 View Commentslast_img read more

Australia’s South32 in talks to exit thermal coal business in South Africa

first_imgAustralia’s South32 in talks to exit thermal coal business in South Africa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Australian miner South32 Ltd reported a bigger-than-expected 25% drop in annual profit as the trade war between China and the United States hurt aluminum prices, sending its shares lower by as much as 5.8% on Thursday.South32 also said it was in talks to sell its South Africa thermal coal business to Johannesburg-based Seriti Resources, the latest company to get out of energy coal at a time when investor pressure and climate change concerns are prompting businesses to limit their exposure to fossil fuels.The miner, which had flagged last year that it was looking to sell its energy coal business in South Africa, did not disclose a deal value, but said it consists of a modest upfront cash payment and a deferred price mechanism.The planned sale follows Rio Tinto’s exit from coal in 2018 and comes days after the head of BHP Group, the world’s biggest miner, said the company had put its thermal coal operations under review.Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund said in June it may have to sell its stake in South32 to meet tighter ethical investing rules adopted by the country’s parliament.More: Profit slumps at Australia’s South32 as trade war hits aluminum priceslast_img read more

Equipment set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline site + NC dodges 140 tons of toxic compound

first_imgEquipment set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline site investigated as arsonA piece of earth moving equipment has been set on fire at Mountain Valley Pipeline construction site in Virginia, causing $500,000 in damage. Authorities received a call on Saturday night reporting a car fire but when they arrived they found a Caterpillar PL87 pipe layer located in the pipeline construction right-of-way ablaze. The fire damaged no other equipment. Fire marshals have decided that the fire was set intentionally and are investigating it as arson. The proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline is a 303-mile pipeline that will run from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia. Malec Brothers withdraw permit to use methyl bromide in Columbus County, NCAn Australian company that had planned to emit up to 140 tons of toxic compound in their log fumigation business has withdrawn their air permit to emit methyl bromide, says the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The plan encountered strong public opposition and state officials scrambled to petition the Environmental Management Commission for a new rule to add methyl bromide to the state’s list of air toxins. Methyl bromide has been banned internationally for most uses because of its toxicity and ozone-depleting properties, but log fumigation is an exception. China will accept only exported logs that have been fumigated, but Malec Brothers has decided to debark the logs instead. The fumigation would have taken place less than a mile from a school.last_img read more

Shirley Man Struck, Killed by 2 Cars

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old man was fatally hit by two cars while crossing a road in his hometown of Shirley man on New Year’s Eve.Suffolk County police said William Martin was walking in the westbound lanes of Montauk Highway when he was struck by a westbound Dodge Caliber and a westbound Mercury Sable near Bonny Drive at 5:20 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The two drivers were neither injured nor charged.Seventh Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img

Ski resorts react to Gov. Cuomo allowing them to reopening with limited capacity

first_imgSkiCNY says they have already seen an increase in sales for passes earlier this fall. They say they may even have to add more employees for the season. SkiCNY, ski resort in Central New York, says they are pretty pleased with the restrictions. They say they anticipate a busy season, adding that people are eager to be doing activities after being so cooped up. The resort says it hopes to be open by Dec. 1 and that the weather will be in their favor this year. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Oct. 18 that ski resorts can reopen at 50% capacity in November with restrictions. The restrictions include wearing mask whenever not eating, drinking or skiing, social distancing between parties, disinfection of rental equipment, and limiting lifts to be members of the same party.last_img read more

WHO, Asian leaders discuss virus sharing, vaccine access

first_imgEditor’s note: Because of a technical problem, this story was not published until Mar 27.Mar 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) opened a meeting with Asian health officials in Jakarta today to hear their concerns about access to H5N1 influenza vaccines and discuss solutions that might allow researchers to regain unrestricted access to H5N1 samples.Indonesia brought the issue to the forefront in February when it announced it would send no more H5N1 samples to the WHO until it received assurances that the strains would not be used by private companies to make vaccines that the country couldn’t afford.Though some countries and health officials support Indonesia’s use of the virus samples as leverage to gain access to H5N1 vaccines, others have charged that Indonesia is impeding global efforts to chart the spread of the disease, track genetic mutations, and develop new vaccines.In his opening remarks at the 2-day conference today, which were e-mailed to journalists, David Heymann, the WHO’s acting director-general for communicable diseases, said responsible virus sharing requires both unrestricted access to novel influenza viruses and equitable access to pandemic vaccines that result from the sharing.Heymann defended the WHO’s history of coordinating vaccine development and production on behalf of developing nations. In 1997 the WHO responded to a major meningitis outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa by mobilizing the production and distribution of 3 million doses of vaccine.”To date, more than 20 million doses of meningococcal vaccine have been channeled through the International Coordinating Group mechanism, and improvements in surveillance have occurred because the prospect of having access to vaccine is a compelling incentive to report cases,” Heymann said. A similar mechanism was recently established to coordinate stockpiling and distribution of yellow fever vaccine for Latin America and Africa, he added.The Jakarta meeting will allow the WHO and the 18 Asian nations to discuss not only virus-sharing proposals that will be debated at the World Health Assembly in May, but also obligations that countries have under the revised International Health Regulations, which take effect in June, Heymann said.He predicted the meeting would bring discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of material-transfer agreements and other virus-sharing mechanisms, “and it will become clear that most of these mechanisms would impede rather than facilitate the world’s risk assessment and preparedness for an influenza pandemic.”Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari has asked the WHO for a binding guarantee that H5N1 samples won’t be used to develop commercial vaccines priced out of the country’s reach. Indonesia also signed a memorandum of understanding with US vaccine producer Baxter International that laid the groundwork for future collaborations or supply agreements.At the meeting today, Supari told reporters that if Indonesia had its own WHO collaborating center and vaccine factory, it would not need to send viruses outside the country, the Associated Press reported.The WHO said last week that projects to establish flu-vaccine manufacturing capacities in up to six developing countries—four in Asia and two in Latin America—were “in the final stage of approval.” Japan and the United States have provided $18 million toward the effort, the WHO said. But Heymann’s prepared speech did not mention those projects.US Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a Mar 23 press release that the United States provided $10 million toward the WHO’s vaccine supply expansion plan. “Responding to a pandemic demands the cooperation of the world community, as no nation can go it alone. If a country is to protect its own people, it must work together with other nations to protect the people of the world,” he said.Heymann said solutions for improving H5N1 vaccine access in developing countries will require both short- and long-term measures, which could include:National stockpilesVirtual stockpiles—certain amounts of pandemic vaccine that producers would set aside for the WHO to buy for developing countriesFill-and-finish operations that allow developing countries to package bulk vaccine from manufacturersTechnology-transfer agreements like those used for the conjugate meningitis vaccine, which would allow developing countries to add to the world’s flu vaccine supply.See also:Mar 22 CIDRAP News story “WHO: Six developing countries may get flu vaccine plants”Mar 23 HHS press release read more

House drops sexual violence eradication bill from this year’s priority list

first_imgThe House of Representatives’ Legislation Body (Baleg) has officially dropped the long-awaited sexual violence eradication bill (RUU PKS) from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list, despite calls from women’s rights activist to pass the billIn a hearing on Thursday, the Baleg, the government and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) agreed to remove 16 of the 50 bills on the list, including the RUU PKS, citing scheduling difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will include the RUU PKS on the next priority list [for 2021] in October,” Baleg chairman Supratman Andi Agtas said.In the hearing, some factions suggested that the Baleg take over the RUU PKS deliberation from House Commission VIII overseeing social affairs due to the latter’s inability to make progress with the bill.NasDem Party lawmaker Taufik Basari said the party would lobby other factions in the House to continue the deliberation of the bill.“The RUU PKS was initially proposed by a member of the NasDem faction. However, by Commission VIII’s request, the bill was initiated by the commission,” he said. “We now see that Commission VIII doesn’t want to put forward the bill as its initiative, so NasDem hopes we can again propose and discuss it within the Baleg.” Read also: Public outcry as House plans to delay sexual violence bill – againMembers of other factions in the body, namely the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the National Awakening Party (PKB) echoed Taufik’s sentiments.PDI-P lawmaker Diah Pitaloka, who has consistently lobbied the House to pass the bill, said the Baleg should take over the bill, citing a letter dated May 5 stating the cancellation of Commission VIII’s proposal for the bill.The bill has faced strong opposition from members of Islamic political parties such as the PKB and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Commission VIII, who have argued that the bill supported the legalization of adultery and “LGBT behavior”.Marwan Dasopang, the deputy chairman of Commission VIII, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the removal of the RUU PKS from the 2020 priority list was due to the difficulties in arranging the bill’s deliberation, citing time constraints.center_img Topics :last_img read more

I’m not lovin’ it: Man arrested for bomb threat at McDonald’s in South Sulawesi

first_img“He shouted in the store, saying that Italy was behind the COVID-19 pandemic and McDonald’s was an Italian brand, so he intended to bomb it,” Ibrahim said on Wednesday, as quoted by also: Countering terrorism during the COVID-19 pandemicAfter causing panic among customers and staff, he left the restaurant and rode away on a motorcycle.The police managed to arrest MH after reviewing CCTV footage of the restaurant. Investigators identified him immediately, as the suspect did not wear anything to cover his face during the incident.MH, who is a resident of Masamba district in Luwu regency, was arrested at a mosque on Jl. Urip Sumoharjo in the provincial capital of Makassar.Ibrahim added that MH told police during an interrogation that he threatened to blow up the restaurant because he “hates foreign brands.” (nal)Topics : Police arrested a 35-year-old man identified only as MH after he threatened to blow up a McDonald’s restaurant on Jl. AP Pettarani in Panakkukang district, Makassar, South Sulawesi.South Sulawesi Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ibrahim Tompo said the suspect went into the store on Monday evening.He then told a member of staff at the restaurant that he would bomb the place.last_img read more

‘She got life, he got 13 years’ – Three strikes law may have saved her life

first_imgEighteen years ago Joanne van Duyven-Booden was shot three times in her sleep by Filthy Few gang president James Wilson who then dumped her body down a bank. Wilson had racked up over 90 convictions before the murder and was on parole at the time. He said Joanne “got life, but he didn’t, he got 13 years.”READ MORE: Ms van Duyven-Booden’s brother-in-law Brett told TVNZ1’s Seven Sharp the only solace for the family now is “the fact that he’s still in jail”. “That’s a big help to them because they don’t want him out, obviously. Don’t know what he’s going to do when he gets out.” For Brett and his family the nightmare continues because Wilson could be back in the community on parole this year. ‘She got life, he got 13 years’ – Family of woman killed by gang leader on parole say three strikes law may have saved her lifeTVNZ One News 1 November 2017Family First Comment: Violent offenders who are Repeat offenders need to be imprisoned for the sake of families. Quite simple really. Do the rehabilitation programme there (if they do want it!)The Government announced today it will scrap the three strikes law which forces judges to impose the maximum sentence on anyone who commits a third violent or serious sexual crime.Justice Minister Andrew Little says there are better ways to prevent crime.last_img read more