'They told me I would never be able to walk, but here I am dancing again'

Fitness enthusiast and sportswear designer Christa Calitz has shared the story of how she reclaimed her life and fighting spirit after an accident that turned everything upside down.

Calitz is the founder of Fifth Element Activewear and has overcome many obstacles to get where she is today.

She started ballet at the age of five and her budding career as a classical dancer was interrupted when she was involved in an accident at 17.

Calitz fell out of a moving school bus when she was a teen and battled for many years to regain her life.

My plans for my future were all set. The only thing I wanted to do was dance.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

Unfortunately there was a fault with the door. I fell out while the bus was moving. It basically dragged me under, grazing my whole lower left leg to the point that they wanted to amputate it right there and then.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

My father asked if I want them to save my leg and I said yes, knowing that it might not be successful.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

She fought against medical advice to amputate her leg and began a long journey to rehabilitation.

Calitz spent two years in and out hospital, undergoing reconstructive surgery on her leg and battling with anxiety and depression.

I was mostly on crutches or in a wheelchair and even a waking stick at some point.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I literally had learn how to walk again because they told me I would never be able to. But here I am now.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I survived during that period. It was a process of almost grieving and going through phases of anger and denial.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

I never let go of my dream of dancing again.

Christa Calitz, founder of Fifth Element Activewear

She started fitness training in 2015, nearly 20 years after the accident, and then decided to return to her passion - ballet - in September last year.

She's rekindle her spark for life, started her activewear brand and has been dancing for nine months.

Visit the Fifth Element website and Instagram for more.

Take a listen to her inspiring story:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'They told me I would never be able to walk, but here I am dancing again'


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

Global workshop offers ideas on how to build a water resilient Cape Town

100 Resilient Cities is a project which helps cities worldwide become more resilient to social, economic and climate challenges.

Dignity SA suspects murder case was prompted by those against assisted dying

Dignity SA suspects murder case was prompted by those against assisted dying

The founder of right-to-die organisation, Dignity SA, was arrested for allegedly assisting a friend to take their life in 2013.

You're unlikely to find appliance spares eight years after buying - Hirsch's CEO

You're unlikely to find appliance spares eight years after buying - Hirsch's CEO

For how many years should manufacturers or retailers keep spare parts after you have bought a product? ConsumerTalk investigates.

[LISTEN] Mother of three opens up about perinatal depression

[LISTEN] Mother of three opens up about perinatal depression

Pregnancy and the transition to motherhood can cause stress for many women. This can negatively affect their psychological health.

Concourt ruling on cannabis needs to filter down to cops, says dagga couple

Concourt ruling on cannabis needs to filter down to cops, says dagga couple

Myrtle Clark and Julian Stobbs, dubbed the dagga couple, have been trying for years to have dagga legalised.

How Philippa Johnson-Dwyer got back in the saddle despite disability

How Philippa Johnson-Dwyer got back in the saddle despite disability

Para-equestrian dressage rider Philippa Johnson reflects on her rehabilitation and flourishing career, in spite of many obstacles.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

Public Protector's office accused of irregular expenditure

Public Protector's office accused of irregular expenditure

EWN reporter Bonga Dlulane says the Public Protector failed to comply with legislation when buying goods and services.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

'I thought he was going to rape me' - Ellen Pakkies on killing drug addict son

'I thought he was going to rape me' - Ellen Pakkies on killing drug addict son

'Ellen' The Ellen Pakkies Story, premiers in cinemas on Friday.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.