#WeTHRIVE Stories

These articles are featured in Amputee Coalition’s #WeTHRIVE story campaign to help raise awareness of the resilience, strength, and courage that people living with limb loss and limb difference have to transform their ordinary into extraordinary. 

Ray Arpin

Ray Arpin

Always a little rebellious, I dropped out of college and thought about trading my motorcycle for a Harley and touring the country before Army bootcamp. Six days before being sworn in, I lost my left leg (AK) in a motorcycle accident in 1969, age 20; pronounced dead on...

Hollyn

Hollyn

Hi! My name is Hollyn and I am a sixteen-year-old right leg amputee. I was born missing the tibia bone in my right leg which required amputation at the knee. When I was almost three, I was fortunate enough to have this surgery provided by the Shriners’ Hospital for...

Patrick McGaughrin

Patrick McGaughrin

I woke up from a coma with major Right Frontal Lobe Damage and a Right Above the Knee Amputation. I fight daily against pain and the aftermath of my traumatic brain injury. I keep people I trust close for the low times. No matter how bad it may seem now the lists of...

Joseph Enverga

Joseph Enverga

I thrive in my life because of Jesus Christ. Finding my identity in Him means I don’t need to look anywhere else for value, worth, or strength. Then, I am free to invite others to have fun, and I can live how I want even in a world made for two hands.

Ryan Lloyd

Ryan Lloyd

Together, #WeTHRIVE through one another! As a recent amputee, I have never been faced with some of the challenges I face now. Every move is calculated indeed, but nothing is impossible. The encouragement and support from the AMP Family has been amazing. I’m using my...

Sean Cullinane

Sean Cullinane

I lost my leg on May 28, 2021, and the only thing I wanted to do was go snowboarding with my kids. I did it this year! 

Chelsey Bond

Chelsey Bond

I spent my career helping others, and now this. I spent a year trying to save my leg, following a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Now, I'm a BKA amputee, and this won't beat me!

Amber Benton

Amber Benton

Waylon was born with a birth defect called Fibular Hemimelia. This resulted in both of his feet being amputated. His first amputation was shortly after he turned a year old. We tried saving the other foot, but it turned out to be more complicated and severe than we...

Carrie Lett

Carrie Lett

I am a nurse practitioner. I was in a 4-wheeler accident 6 months ago, which resulted in the amputation of my right pinky. I am right-handed so it has been a journey, but with physical therapy and perseverance, I am able to do everything with my job and in my life...

Paula Peterson

Paula Peterson

Today, I started to share my journey to an elective trans humeral amputation. Please go to my website, www.takemyhandamputation.com to learn more. The blog is the beginning of my journey. I hope to help others through my experience and support future development of a...

Harsh Purohit

Harsh Purohit

Even though I had done my cultural folk dance “Garba” for years, which is more complex than running, somehow, I was always fearful of it until I tried with my physical therapist specialized in gait training amputees. I have been RLBK since June 1993 from trauma. I had...