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#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. 

Nicole Green

Nicole Green

AMPUTATION. Had my amputation yesterday morning on a pinkie smashed between pots washing dishes at work.

Saxon Reynolds

Saxon Reynolds

THE UNSTOPPABLE COMEBACK. My story is simple but complex. I'm a competitive person who lost his edge from a freak accident. My faith and drive never wavered and my purpose just may have gotten stronger. Who doesn't love a great comeback story? Scared to call it a...

LaTisha Ford

LaTisha Ford

THE REASON I THRIVE 2023. This 50-year-old is still discovering things about herself as an individual living with limb loss/limb loss difference. The mindset that has carried me through this journey in life is to EXPECT NOTHING FROM NO ONE BUT EXPECT EVERYTHING FROM...

Ken Hein

Ken Hein

OUR LIVES CHANGED, BUT LIFE IS STILL GOOD. We were riding our motorcycles on the beautiful Memorial Weekend, 2018. We left home in Chelsea, MI, and headed to the Harley Dealership in Napoleon, OH. In the middle of nowhere, at an intersection of two country roads, our...

Tom Klotz

Tom Klotz

WHOOPS! Back in January of 2000, I was working as a machine operator at the Philadelphia Navy Yard and also at a popular local bar, part-time. Super Bowl 2000 was a lousy, wet, snowy day but we had a big crowd inside for the game. Halftime comes and as I start to...

Pamela DeLine

Pamela DeLine

IN 7 YEARS…. My life was changed in 2016. As I kept going to doctors my foot became more red by the day. I started with a toe injury and then the pain went into my right leg. 7 years ago, I lost my right leg below the knee. I had to admire the lady who was a beauty...

Chesley Bond

Chesley Bond

FOCUSING ON THE NOW. A near-fatal motorcycle accident, in August 2019, almost took everything important to me. The doctors did everything they could to save my leg. In September 2020, my right leg was amputated below my knee. I exercise five or six times a week. My...

Kristi Deighton

Kristi Deighton

KRISTI'S STORY. Hi, my name is Kristi Deighton from Auburn, Nebraska. In October 2018 I started to have lesions. I went to a doctor's appointment. I walked in fine. Then they ran some tests got a wheelchair and took me to the ER. I was going into septic shock and...

Lucila Collado

Lucila Collado

SURVIVING A LANDSLIDE: MY JOURNEY AS AN AMPUTEE. My name is Lucila and I write from Argentina. In January of this year, 2023, I suffered a very serious accident, which almost cost me my life. While doing the most beautiful activity, mountain trekking, unexpectedly a...

Rustin Hughes

Rustin Hughes

TURN YOUR PAIN INTO PURPOSE. Rustin is a veteran, Para Jiu-Jitsu champion, and coach. He lost his leg from a massive blood clot in 2014 and has been utilizing the lessons he learned from the experience to convey a sense of hope and determination to individuals...

Tina Swyers-Hartshorn

Tina Swyers-Hartshorn

STRONG LIKE ASHER! Asher was just 21 months old in July 2023 when he was a victim of violence that left him with a traumatic injury. Asher’s foot was barely hanging on. For a month, the surgeons in Cleveland Ohio worked tirelessly to save what was left of his foot....

Shonda Pryor

Shonda Pryor

I’M A SURVIVOR. My life as an amputee all began when I was a baby, I lost my leg to a blood clot. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas, Texas worked with me to get me up and walking with a prosthesis. it hasn’t been an easy road. I had challenges. I overcame them...