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Gary Weiland

Gary Weiland

I was a Firefighter in Texas for seven years when I experienced a series of very unfortunate events. In 2018, my leg was amputated just below my knee. I decided that this tragedy was not going to end my career and passion for fighting fire. Ten months and six days...

Kimberly Emanuel

Kimberly Emanuel

GRIT: My Recovery Story My name is Dr. Kimberly Emanuel and until January 7, 2021 I was living my best life- or so I thought. I fell ill and it would become the most catastrophic event in my life. You see, I was in severe sepsis shock and my chances of living were...

Kim Steele

Kim Steele

6 years ago I became a quadruple amputee, losing my lower legs and my hands because of anaphylactic shock and septic shock. I now celebrate my new life by dressing in my own unique style and showing that we are no different. I embrace my new life by showing others...

David Martin

David Martin

Hello, my name is David Martin from Lebanon Pa. I have been married for over 27 years and we have 2 daughters and 3 sons. and now have 2 granddaughters and another grandchild on the way! We live on a turkey farm and I also am a partner in a few feed mills. On October...

Kendra Cucino-Dallesandro

Kendra Cucino-Dallesandro

New 32 year old below knee amputee. Due to someone else’s lack of carelessness on the road. It’s been quite the year for myself and my family. I’m starting to live this new normal and show people this does not define me.

David Aguilar

David Aguilar

This excerpt of a Press Release by Caroline Sun for PIECE BY PIECE - How I Built My Life (No Instructions Required) is reprinted with permission from the authors. David Aguilar was born missing part of one arm, a small detail that seemed to define his life and limit...

Anne Jane Giffin

Anne Jane Giffin

What an exciting event, day, and miracle! There was a day, way back in my addiction, I said a prayer and said “God, I don’t how or if I even can get sober but, if I do, I want on that boat! I want to be a part of that team. I want a better life!” Today after many...

Fayçal Toumi

Fayçal Toumi

My name is Fayçal Toumi and I would like to share my story. I’m 28 years old and I lost my leg when I was 24. I had a tumor on my foot and it could not be healed. For me, I found my strength in dance. Dance helped me move forward in my life. I really love to share my...

Alexus Williams

Alexus Williams

My Diagnosis Story from 9 1/2 Months Old My family would never have known that their life, and my life would change in just three and a half weeks. I was nine and a half months old when I became fatally sick. My 3 ½ week hospitalization would begin in the Pediatric...