My name´s Clara, 26 year-old from Sweden/USA. I´m adopted from Nicaragua 1990.
I came to Sweden when I was 3,5 months old. I´m a premature baby, born 3,5 months too early and complication of that was that I got Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) or Terry Syndrome which led to 10 eye surgeries and today I´ve 30% percent vision on my right eye and no vision on my left eye. But i´ve been doing just fine, thanks to the great doctors who did EVERYTHING in their power to help me at University Hospital of Linköping, Sweden 26 years ago.
I want to point out, most people have more problem with how I´m able to live a daily life with no white cain, no service dog and do as well as I am. I do not know anything else and my brain and my body have adjusted to the situation I am in. Lots of people tells me that I am brave, stubbon and never give up whenever I set my mind up to do something.
I own a horse, a ten-year-old mare named Toga and when I´m riding I´m just like everyone else and nobody notice my vision issue, I trust her with my life and she´s my very best friend.
My biggest inspiration and role models in equestrian sport are:
– Jessica Springsteen (USA)
– Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS)
– Laura Kraut (USA)
– Yazmin Pinchen (GBR)
– Rolf-Göran Bengtsson (SWE)
Another interest i have is music, I started singing in a local choir at my church when I was five, started play the piano at age six, started play the guitar at age 12 and harmonica at age 16.
My biggest inspiration and role models in music are:
– Bruce Springsteen
– Patti Scialfa
– Johnny Cash
At the moment I work as an Elementary School Music Art teacher, where I teach kids aged 6-12. I graduated University of Gothenburg´s Teacher´s Program in 2015.
Here´s some pictures of me over the years…
From my Snapchat :-)
Baby T <3
Me as a baby :-)
My mom took this picture, my parents got great photo skillz :-)
Love this girl !! Baby T <3