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"I was born with half a body but refuse to let my disability hold me back and can run, cook and dance"

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2 個月前
<p>A man born with half a body says he refuses to let his disability hold him back and can run, cook, dance and walk his dog - without legs and an arm.<br></p><p>Tim Mason, 25, is able to live fully independently and loves to walk his dog, cook, dance and work out on his treadmill - despite having no legs. </p><p>He was born in Moscow, Russia, with no lower limbs and one arm and put in an orphanage - where they thought he was unlikely to ever be adopted. </p><p>Tim was told by doctors that his biological mother was exposed to high amounts of radiation following the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986 - causing his disabilities. </p><p>At three years old Tim was adopted by Virginia Mason, 80, a retired non-profit CEO, who knew she wanted to be his mum as soon as she saw him. </p><p>Virginia came over to Russia after reading about Tim and was told by the head of the orphanage that he would not have a good quality of life. </p><p>Virgina lost her partner when Tim was seven-year-old and raised him as a single mum.</p><p>Now Tim lives in Hartford, Connecticut, US, and wants to show others that having half a body doesn't hold him back. </p><p>Tim, works as a student success team member at the Napa Valley Wine Academy, said: “People think that disabled people cannot exercise, but we can all do it. </p><p>“Exercise is for anyone.</p><p>“People don’t realise that I’m not just sitting in my room as a triple amputee. </p><p>“I love exercise and it keeps me healthy both physically and mentally </p><p>“I wake up every day and fight on.</p><p>"My independence is the thing I’m most grateful for."</p><p>Despite being told Tim wouldn’t have a good quality of life, Virginia knew Tim would be fine.</p><p>“She knew I would be fine as I looked over and made fish faces at her,” Tim said. </p><p>“She was very happy to find me.” </p><p>Tim came over to America when he was three and started speaking English as soon as he got there. </p><p>“I went to elementary school and I just skyrocketed,” he said.</p><p>“I was really active and always played on the playground.”</p><p>When he was younger, Tim had prosthetics and had to use a walker and crutch to move forward. </p><p>“I really didn’t like them, they weren’t me,” he said.</p><p>“I wanted to be myself without them.</p><p>His mum supported his choice and stopped the prosthetics. </p><p>When he was in elementary school, Tim didn't have an issue making friends, but started to struggle as he reached his teen years. </p><p>“One thing that has been limited is forming relationships," he said. </p><p>“Growing up was like a rollercoaster. </p><p>“Middle and high school is when I started to notice the impacts my disabilities have on making friends. </p><p>“I would get asked ‘who would even date you?’”</p><p>But now Tim is surrounded by loving friends and family and ignores any negative comments.</p><p>"There is a lot of doubt in what I can do,” Tim said.</p><p>“It can be discouraging.</p><p>“But I am here and making it through. I have seen so many positive comments and it means the world to me.</p><p>“People are scared to ask questions. </p><p>“I get asked questions like why I was born like this and general questions about my condition. </p><p>“I am frequently asked how do I go the bathroom which I find hilarious.” </p><p>Now Tim focuses on the positives in his life and loves to show people that 'life is as normal as he makes it'. </p><p>Dog walking, dancing and exercising are some of his favourite hobbies. </p><p>“I really strive to prove people wrong so a lot of my hobbies have come from that,” he said.</p><p>“People thought I wouldn’t be able to take care of a dog but he is my best friend. </p><p>“I love to walk my dog. </p><p>“I fully take care of him and take him on three walks a day. </p><p>“The only thing I need help with is driving him to the vet.”</p><p>He started his gym routine a year and a half ago, saying he really focuses on his movement. </p><p>“I use the treadmill for about 10-30 minutes and I do my own version of weight-lifting and crunches,” he said. </p><p>“Exercising is an amazing hobby, I lost 40 pounds in 2021.” </p><p>Despite not letting his disability hold him back, Tim has noticed the impact his condition has on dating. </p><p>“Dating is hard in this generation, people see disabilities on your online profiles and base you off that," he said.</p><p>“They don’t see the powerful person I see.”<br></p>
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