When Cameron was born, doctors only talked to his parents about his future limitations. “When you’re born, you’re labeled in terms of what people think you can or can’t do and I’ve managed to buck a lot of those,” Cameron shares. He was born without full limbs and has never held back on pursuing what he loves. “If I can’t do it, is there a way that I could do it or an alternative way?” He doesn’t pay attention to negativity or let himself get bothered with mean comments.
“For me…it’s about being seen for your abilities rather than your disabilities.”
Cameron always works to the best of his ability in wheelchair rugby and swimming, and he has friends and family supporting him all the way. Back home, he’s a sports journalist. “I was very fortunate that my boss looked at me for what I could do…rather than what I didn’t have in terms of limbs and what could be difficult for me,” he shares.
“Everyone with disability would have gone through tough times at some point,” he says. “I’m lucky that I’ve got some good friends…also a really supportive family…It has got nothing to do with finance, but just about being there to just get a pat on the back or just for you to know that they’re there for you.”
He adds, “The greatest accomplishment would have to be living…an active and normal life.”
Growing up without most of his arms and legs wasn’t easy, but it has inspired him to want to help people even more. “I’m passionate about giving back to people,” he explains. “Trying to help people out who are either going through a similar thing as I did or have a similar disability.” Cameron has made it a priority to learn to do things himself. “My whole life has been about trial and error,” he explains. “Trying new things and not being able to do things and figuring out a way to do it…If I can cut down…the trial and error process for other people then it’s good.”
“Just keep on keeping on…Keep trying to figure things out. Big thing is to do things for yourself rather than let other people do it. Even if it takes you a bit longer, you’re still gonna do it and the more you do it for yourself, the quicker it’ll be,” Cameron advises. No matter what disability you have, it doesn’t mean you’re incapable of doing anything. So have faith in yourself and keep on trying.
Watch Cameron share about his experiences of trial and error and growing up:
Thanks to Cameron Leslie of the Wheel Blacks for sharing his insights on what it takes to live well and don’t miss Cameron’s thoughts on being a part of a team.
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