Young woman staying positive despite medical needs

Destiny Constantin, 22, is a young woman confined to a wheelchair, but she and her family stay positive and thankful. 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing reports.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- For many families, Thanksgiving is a day to pause and truly reflect on things to be thankful for. While some people are more fortunate than others, it hasn't hurt the holiday spirit for at least one local family.

Destiny Constantin, 22, is a young woman confined to a wheelchair, but it wasn't always this way.

"I have learned to adapt," said Destiny.

Her father, John, has always been right by her side.

"I wish there was a way I could take my leg off and give it to her so she could walk."

Destiny was born with Blount, a rare bone disease that causes a bone to grow outward, causing lower limb deformity. Her left leg is about 2.5 inches shorter than her right.

As a child, she wore a brace. She walked through high school and even at graduation, but got some bad news once she hit college.

"I couldn't feel my legs and I fell in my dining room," said Destiny.

She still kept smiling, despite the bad news from a doctor.

"He told me that he thinks my bone disease was progressing. It was the scariest thing I ever heard. If felt like a nightmare."

Seeing this happen to his only child still brings her father to tears.

"She's in a wheelchair, and that's hard for me to accept," John said.

Destiny is now working towards a degree in business administration. She hopes to be a college professor. All while remaining upbeat.

"If I don't stay positive, I'm not going to be able to accomplish my dreams. This is a lifestyle, and there's nothing I can do about it except for take one day at a time."

But she does have a few things in mind that could make her life a bit easier. 

She says she needs to get the doors widened in her house so she can access them more easily. Because of the width of her chair, Destiny can barely make it through the rooms in her house.

"I'm willing to put in the sweat equity to do the work with a licensed contractor just to ease some of the costs," her father John told us.

He also had many things to be thankful this year, despite their current needs.

"I'm grateful that I still have her, because if I didn't have her I don't know what I would do."

"I'm thankful for my life, I'm thankful that God has given me the greatest parents in the world," added Destiny.

There is a go fund me account to help Destiny raise about  $6,000 to make her home wheelchair accessible, which you can donate to here.

 


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