'I AM beautiful!' Amputee beauty blogger shatters stigma with her unwavering confidence

By Litaletu Zidepa
20 August 2016

"Walking down the street with crutches and a prosthetic leg, people often shout 'You go girl! You’re still beautiful'. STILL?"

She stands in a busy city street, her striking cobalt dress popping perfectly against the staid yellow of the passing taxi cabs. The eye is drawn to her glowing skin and sparkling smile.

At first glance, you might not even notice Cacsmy Brutus only has one leg.

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The 26 year old, form Brooklyn, New York, is a cancer survivor. At just 14 years old, 'Cax', as she is fondly known, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma and was told she probably only had three weeks left to live.

Against all odds, she managed to beat her cancer. But her survival came at a price.

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“I was diagnosed with bone & lung cancer... but beat the odds with an experimental drug and luck,” she writes on her Lifestyle and Beauty Blog Mamacax.com.

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"Osteosarcoma is common in teen boys and although they don’t know the cause of it, there is a huge correlation between rapid bone growth and this type of cancer,” she told HuffingtonPost.

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At 16, she had a hip replacement to removes the affected bone but it was unsuccessful, as a result, she had to remove her upper hip and right leg.

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Now the Haitian-born beauty as still struggles to get around and often had to use crutches. But she refuses to be pitied. “Walking down the street with crutches and a prosthetic leg, people often shout 'You go girl! You’re still beautiful” STILL?…. I AM beautiful and I’m here to show you how beautiful I am."

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And that's exactly what she doesn't. With her blog and Instagram page, the social media aims to tackle the stigma associated with amputees.

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“I recognize how lucky I am and that many can’t afford medical treatments and people with disabilities as a whole face unparalleled discrimination,” she told BoredPanda.

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“In many parts of the world, they are politically and socially excluded. I feel like I’m in a position to make a difference and one day be an advocate for people with disabilities.”

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On top of that, Cax also writes about about traveling, food and as a style, while offering motivation and inspiration to any who might need it.

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"Seeing all the kindness in the world and people who have supported me on my journey makes me feel like I shouldn’t give up.”

Sources: BoredPanda.com, HuffingtonPost.com, Instagram, Mamacax.com

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