A moped accident cost Lauren from San Diego her arm and gave her a — wait for it — humerus outlook on life.
“I was going pretty fast on a moped and lost control of it, and I hit the median in the road,” Lauren recalled. “I flew off and hit a sign and it sliced my arm off. I stayed conscious the whole time.”
That’s when Lauren’s luck kicked in. The police officer on the scene that saved her life had recently received tourniquet training.
“I remember I asked the cop, ‘Hey, am I gonna die?’ and he said, ‘No, you’ll be fine,’” she said.
Fine is exactly how things turned out for the San Diego woman. After struggling to cope, Lauren turned to humor on social media.
i don’t use the clapping emoji cos i can’t clap and im being completely honest
— lauren duck (@DuckFanAccount) July 15, 2017
“For a while, I wasn’t okay with the jokes,” explained Lauren. “But then I started telling the jokes, and it’s kind of helped.”
Lauren hasn’t let her missing limb cause her to shy away from posting photos and others have noticed. “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.”
Lauren’s openness about her missing arm has also resulted in a bit of social media fame for her.
Lauren’s Tinder bio quickly went viral and people were loving her. There were tweets that ranged from professing adoration for the 21-year-old to claiming that she “won Tinder.”
What could she have possibly written to make everyone go crazy?
To begin, she listed her occupation as an arms dealer. The Fall Out Boy reference serves light humor while addressing the elephant in the room: her missing arm. She didn’t stop there. What good is a Tinder bio if you don’t list your best qualities? Lauren’s stated she was the best catch, hands down. “Face 10/10, Body 9/10, Personality 20/10, Arms 1/2.”
Twitter went wild with tweets that ranged from professing adoration for the 21-year-old to claiming that she “won Tinder.”
While some people feel unsure about laughing, Lauren says she’s comfortable with it.
“I think it’s funny…I made it!”