It wasn’t until after Karen lost her leg at age 17 that she discovered her love of swimming. 

The world underwater became her sanctuary from people staring at her missing leg, and she loves immersing herself: “I don’t just love swimming in the water, I love jumping into it, diving into it, staying underwater…I like pretending I’m in another world.”

Now when people look at Karen in the water, they’re not focussed on her missing leg.

Listen to Karen’s episode of the This Girl Can podcast