Hello, my name is Sandra Salguero. I would like to share my testimony with you. I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1980. I am 28 years old and was born missing my arm, below my elbow.
Growing up, I did everything: I was a tomboy playing football, basketball, baseball, Nintendo… etc. I would get teased at school, but because of my aggressive nature the teasing would not last long. I would not tolerate kids being cruel to me. I have a sister and a brother, who gave me a lot of support growing up. My mother would never pamper me or treat me differently. She is my number one supporter to this day. I'm grateful to have a family that I can count on.
I've just received my second prosthesis. My first one was really uncomfortable, but this one is way better! It’s the electronic control device. I have been working since I was 18 years old. I work for Walmart as a service writer and have been there for 5 years. I like working with the people there because we work and have fun making jokes all day long, so it makes the job pleasant. I like setting goals for myself. My goals are to be more involved in the prosthetic industry, to be able to test new prosthetic products, to be in In Motion magazine, to set up an amputee support group, and to set up an adaptive local activity group for tennis. I feel like making a movie too, so people can see a larger scope in our differences.
Thank you for allowing me to share my testimony.