One night I had a vivid dream that I actually was Lara. I guess you can call it my first cosplay dream. Dressed in her classic outfit, I looked down and discovered that I was standing on my own two feet. I immediately began to run, elated that I had my mobility back. My surgical scars were also gone. It was with great sadness that I woke up trapped in my own body again, unable to do antyhing. I worked very hard in therapy. My doctors said I would be walking again within 12 months or later. This was not acceptable to me and through blood, sweat and tears I was walking in 9 months.
Shortyly after the live action movie was released featuring my favorite woman in the world, Angelina Jolie. In 2006 I began the hobby of cosplay and in 2009 I put the catsuit version of Lara Croft together (as seen in the video games). I kept my darker hair mirroring Angelina (Lara's hair is light brown in the video games) so my cosplay is sort of a combination of the video game Lara and movie Lara.
Lara Croft is my hero because she literally inspired me to learn how to walk. There were often times where I felt trapped in my own body and through her I could live again.