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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. 

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 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 people’s ideas of who he was and who...

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...

Ely Colmenares

Ely Colmenares

Ever since I was little, I knew I was different because I was missing a part of me. However, that never stopped me from doing what I wanted to do. Growing up, I had to adapt to life. My parents let me be independent. I taught myself how to tie my shoes, put my hair...

Darren Lyons

Darren Lyons

"Did you lose your legs in the war?" This question came from my young, energetic Uber Driver as he folded my Rollator carefully and placed it in his trunk of his vehicle. I must admit that it was the best question I had ever been asked about my missing legs. The war,...

David Martin

David Martin

Strong2Finish 2 Tim 4:7  In 2018 my life changed forever. I became an ABK (above-knee amputee) on my left leg due to a flesh-eating bacteria caused by a wound that the doctor didn’t care for. I have come a long way and I am very blessed to be in the amputee community....

Hillary Sussman

Hillary Sussman

Adventures of Roxy Inclusive Book Series: Teaching Limb Difference Awareness & Kindness My name is Hillary Sussman, I have been a physical therapist for over 24 years and I just published the Adventures of Roxy book series over the past year. This journey has been...

Faith Rickard

Faith Rickard

My name is Faith and my amputee journey is short, right now. The other road on my journey started in 2018. My husband had a major temporal lobe stroke. This affected his speech, language and memory. He lost 12 years of his life, which included my daughter and myself....

Debra Hartley

Debra Hartley

In June of 2021 I developed an occlusion in the left leg and then needed a bypass. I now have a silk self learning knee and learning to walk after being in a wheelchair for 2 years. I am going to conquer this challenge!!