2. She has been living with multiple sclerosis for 39 years and kicking lung cancer’s ass for 9 years – it doesn’t slow her down a bit.
“Call me when you have a cure, I’m not coming back,” she said to her doctor.
6. She has overcome some seriously unbelievable childhood circumstances.
Flo’s father died when she was only 2-years-old and her mother passed away when she was just thirteen.
7. She once snuck inside the World Trade Center and flirted her way to the top for this photograph:
“I touched his hand gently. ‘Could you take me up there?’ He said sure.”
… she took matters into her own hands by buying the cement and physically building the ramp herself.
“Sometimes people see me sitting beside my wheelchair, trowling the cement, and they say ‘Miss! Are you OK?’ I say ‘Yeah can you mix the cement please?’”
9. She doesn’t shy away from taking “naughty photographs.”
10. In fact, she has her own “dickthology”.
“Every man who ever came in my apartment — I would show him the pictures, and he’d beg to be part of my dickthology.”
…and never without humor.
Flo, a documentary chronicling her story, gives ample evidence to prove this chick is more of a badass than you’ll ever be.
A few words on Flo from the director, Riley Hooper:
There’s obviously a lot of wisdom and inspiration to be gleaned from this story. On a personal level, it’s sobering to think that Flo bought her first camera when she was about the same age as I am — and that four years later she would be diagnosed with MS. Yet it’s inspiring to see that her positive outlook and intense passion for her work has allowed her to persevere. It’s a motivating reminder to never take anything for granted in my life, or make excuses in pursuing my filmmaking. Those are, of course, cliched maxims. Yet they’re ones I now resonate with on a deeper level, and I have Flo to thank for that.
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