#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. 

Gwendolyn Cline

Gwendolyn Cline

Gwendolyn has made a lot of progress since receiving her first pair of prosthetic legs a few weeks ago. She is surfing along furniture and standing unassisted. We are very excited to see her take her first steps soon!

Jim Willes

Jim Willes

I had 13 knee surgeries before my amputation five years ago. I have walked nine miles in one day in New York City. I ride 22 – 32 miles on my bicycle. I still ride a motorcycle on a daily basis. Each day I walk two plus miles. Never give up. 

Latasha Owens

Latasha Owens

On Christmas night in 2004, my life would change forever due to a major car accident that left me in the hospital for 6 months, bed ridden for a year, and a right below knee amputation. What got me through this was God, my children, and my family. They were my support...

Christopher Froese

Christopher Froese

I survived a thyroid storm and cardiac arrest in July 2021. My right leg above the knee had to be amputated due to clots. Additionally, my aortic valve was replaced, and thyroid was removed. I am recovering with resilience and gratitude, and with love and compassion....

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker

I thrive by paying it forward, leading, and inspiring by living life to the fullest. Never say never and always walk with pride. Never shy away from helping inspire others to be more than they can be. Every day we wake is a blessing. When ordinary people witness you...

Richard Horvath Jr

Richard Horvath Jr

I was born without my right arm in July 1986. I have learned to adapt and overcome my impairment and now, I don’t let anything or anyone tell me I can’t do it. I have an awesome prosthesis that’s always helped me achieve my goals, from flying airplanes and sailing a...

Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop

Brian Bishop has been climbing lighthouses since he was eight years old, ascending towers along the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and both sides of the Atlantic. During Bishop’s childhood, the lighthouse next to his dad’s restaurant on the pier at St. Simon’s Island,...

Elizabeth Shea

Elizabeth Shea

I have been bilateral AK for 32 years. Things were primitive back then and after wearing very uncomfortable prosthetics for about 10 years back and forth to work, I stopped wearing any at all. I spent 20 more years in just my wheelchair. I had trouble with my back and...

Dr. Anais Rosa

Dr. Anais Rosa

In September 2019, I was walking my dog when a piece of heavy machinery struck me and ran me over. I sustained life-threatening injuries and had 20+ surgeries. Consequently, they had to amputate my left leg, hemipelvectomy, and a permanent colostomy to save my life. I...

Katy Grainger

Katy Grainger

3 ½ years ago I became an amputee, losing my lower legs and seven fingertips because of sepsis. I now celebrate my new life by wearing shorts and showing off my legs as often as I can and by sharing my story to spread awareness about disability and the importance of...

Denice Chobanov Barsich

Denice Chobanov Barsich

I'm a Survivor. My name is Denice Chobanov Barsich. On January 23, 1991, as a 35-year-old mother of three small children, I became an amputee. I stopped to help a stranded motorist on a country road, and yes, it was my choice to help. I parked my car by a farmhouse...

Patty Beissel

Patty Beissel

We all have a story to tell.  Some more dramatic than others.  Each story is a testament to our courage, faith and determination to continue a life of meaning.  This is mine. It is a journey of learning to live with loss, to continue to be active despite the loss of...