Urban Classy Spotlight: Kristina DeJesus-Barquin
Name: Kristina DeJesus-Barquin
City/State: Cranford, NJ
Occupation: Registered Nurse/Forensic Nurse
Gadget of choice: (for your profession) Stethoscope
Personal Style: Classy with an urban vibe
Inspired by: Motivated Independent Women with a strong work ethic and other Amputees
Urban Classy is: Keeping sophisticated with your mind, dress, body and soul with a creative and cultural understanding .
I am a 31 year old female registered nurse of New Jersey . I have categorized my life into two times. Before and after the accident. I was at the height of my career juggling several jobs as nurses tend to do . I was working in a hospital, for two counties as a forensic nurse for the Prosecutor’s office, worked in private duty and occasionally for a plastic surgeon. Me and my husband were traveling around the world and had several trips planned. I was at a place in my life where things were coming together both professionally and privately. In October 2017, I was at a bachelorette party and had my right arm severed in a boating accident in Texas. My best friend and several other strangers saved my life that day. My life has since changed forever. The outpouring response was tremendous. The prayers and support were endless.I had to relearn everything from tying my shoes, writing with my left hand, and to buttoning my shirt. Spending my days with many therapy appointments, many hours at the gym and becoming mentally exhausted practicing on a electronic prosthetic. Several months later, seven surgeries later with one more to go, I have slowly learned to embrace my new body, keep my head high, and take back my life. I have started up at work again, and found out where there’s a will there’s a way. I have realized the stares and impersonal questioning is just curiosity. What people, even strangers have done for us has made me believe in the beauty and power of people. I have realize that nothing is impossible. I am passionate in empowering women and showing them that life, though changed for me, can still be so beautiful.