Bahraini amputee woman pushes boundaries in sports

This Bahraini amputee is pushing boundaries in sports

Location: Manama, Bahrain

Shaikha Alshaiba had her arm amputated

after discovering she had a cancerous limb

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BAHRAINI AMPUTEE AND PARA-ATHLETE, SHAIKHA ALSHAIBA, SAYING:"I lost my arm. Actually, I didn't lose it. I gained everything in life after amputating my arm when I was 18 months. I started my journey back then. It wasn't easy, especially when I was in school. I moved on, and then when I turned to Grade 8, I decided to accept myself."

She now participates professionally in half Ironman races

which consist of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile cycle, and a 13.1-mile run

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BAHRAINI AMPUTEE AND PARA-ATHLETE, SHAIKHA ALSHAIBA, SAYING:"I would like to send a message to everyone that life is too short to get upset about things that we don't have or we cannot change. We can enjoy every single thing God has given us. I did not lose an arm, I love myself the way I am, I have accepted myself. I wouldn't see myself not like others but I would think that I am very special to be chosen as a different person, in a lovely way."

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