People respond to trauma in all sorts of different ways – often with (completely understandable) grief and depression. But a 21-year-old San Diego resident Lauren, who lost her arm in a moped accident last year, has responded in her own way – using her great sense of humour.
Take her Tinder bio, for example.
Lauren told Buzzfeed News that she was “pretty drunk” when she wrote it.
“I don’t remember typing it up really,” she said. "I just woke up to someone DM'ing me a Reddit post asking if it was me, and I was like damn, I guess it is."
And people really, REALLY liked it.
I love that she has a sense of humor and that she can joke about herself— Rawburt Martinez (@fossil_shark) August 9, 2017
It’s not the only time Lauren’s used humour to talk about living with one arm, either, regularly using her Twitter account to poke fun of herself.
“At first, I wasn’t okay with the jokes,” she explained. “But when I started telling the jokes, it helped.”
"I have never really hid it. People don’t see that very often, so a lot of people DM me to tell me it’s really helpful to them, people who are also missing limbs or are disabled."
i don't use the clapping emoji cos i can't clap and im being completely honest— duck (@DuckFanAccount) July 15, 2017
i was in the ocean and this lil kids like "what happened to ur arm" and i told him it was a shark and he ran out and has yet to get back in— duck (@DuckFanAccount) July 21, 2017
Lauren’s also raising funds for a prosthetic arm on her GoFundMe page, where she describes the impact of the moped accident that resulted in the amputation last year.
“As most of you know I lost my arm exactly a year ago, and around that time I also created this campaign for a prosthetic,” she writes. “For some background for people who know nothing about me or my injury, my name is Lauren and I lost my arm up to my shoulder June 29th 2016 in a moped accident.”
“I created this because of how incredibly expensive bionic arms are, especially if you don't have very good health insurance.”
“I’m not ashamed of my injury and i've always embraced it but I'd like to have an arm back, any arm. I know the goal is a lot but I'm young and have time, so any amount donated is extremely helpful and means a lot to me. I love you all and appreciate every dollar and share this may receive.”