Dodala je kako se i nakon što je prihvatila da će cijeli život morati provesti u invalidskim kolicima osjećala kao da joj je oduzeti nešto osnovno, a u jednom trenutku počela je misliti da je ukleta.
"Imala sam izgrađenu sliku o sebi koja je odjednom nestala", ispričala je.
Četiri godine kasnije s majkom se preselila u Detroit gdje je, nakon što je krenula u rehabilitacijski centar i upoznale vršnjake koji prolaze isto što i ona, doživjela prosvjetljenje.
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Today I am going to talk about something that I have ALWAYS tried to hide... (Swipe to see the full video!) As many of you know, I was in a car accident when I was very young. Most people would think that the hardest part would be learning to use a wheelchair in a world full of stairs - and it certainly wasn’t easy, but by far the hardest part was something that no one ever saw. It was the thing I learned to lie about as easy as breathing, because in middle school self preservation is everything... and I thought that no one would understand the fact that I was living in my own personal nightmare because my bladder wouldn’t work anymore. I had accidents constantly. I would leave school to change, making up stories that I was sick or that I had a family emergency. Sometimes I would stay in the bathroom for an hour crying because I knew that as soon as I left I would have another accident again. While I definitely felt confined because of using a wheelchair, my life became trapped in another way because my only focus was on where the nearest bathroom was and if I would ever make it there in time without having an embarrassing situation. This is something I have had to learn to control and overcome almost more than the paralysis in my legs - truly my hidden demon that no one ever knew about. When I made the decision to not let my body and circumstances control me anymore, I had to find a way to get my bladder in control too! All of the products I used to protect myself when I had an accident hadn’t really worked effectively up to that point, and I couldn’t exactly go skydiving and skiing without being worried that the stress on my body would cause an unfortunate situation. I had to find something that would protect me so that I could live the life I wanted to live - and I’m so glad to say that I finally found it. I started using products from @aeroflow_healthcare and it helped me to not feel so afraid of my bladder anymore, because they protected me from having to feel ashamed. I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to film this video with them and finally share my story!
"Treneri iz centra unijeli su pozitivu u moj život i prvi put sam se usredotočila na sebe i na ono što mogu, umjesto na ono što nisam mogla", rekla je.
Nakon završene srednje škole i fakulteta saznala je da u Sjevernoj Karolini postoji takmičenje ljepote djevojaka u invalidskim kolicima. Pobjeda na ovom takmičenju pomogla joj je da postane svjesna svojih kvaliteta. Ubrzo nakon toga prijavila se i na takmičenje "Miss u invalidskim kolicima" na kojem je također pobijedila. Pitanje njene kolegice da li se "djevojke poput njih" mogu takmičiti na izboru za Miss SAD-a motivisalo ju je da se prijavi na slično takmičenje. Tako je Madeline Delp postala prva žena u invalidskim kolicima koja se takmičila za Miss Sjeverne Karoline.
U narednom periodu planira se prijaviti na takmičenje za Miss SAD-a, a ukoliko se to dogodi Madeline Delp bit će prva djevojka u invalidskim kolicima koja se takmiči a ovom izboru ljepote.