#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. 

Rome Leykin

Rome Leykin

With hard practice and relentless forward positive momentum, I am walking hands free, without any assistive devices, in my prosthetic C-Leg4s. I was run over by a subway in 2018, losing both my legs above the knee in the process. And sustaining a TBI. Through it all,...

Christian Cosme  

Christian Cosme  

The Secret to my success has been my walk with Christ and faith that the Lord has something amazing in store for my life. I was in a traumatic accident in 2016 that resulted in the loss of my left arm. In the ambulance I cried out to Jesus to save me and spare my life...

Shawn Wentzell

Shawn Wentzell

We never think anything bad will happen to us, and then we wake up in a hospital wondering what happened. My life changed in 2012. I have no memory of the accident, but I was out on my motorcycle and somehow, I ended up hitting a telephone pole, which pinned my leg...

Kristi Roesch

Kristi Roesch

In November 2018 I had septic shock and kidney failure. I was very weak and had edema, a swelling caused due to excess fluid accumulation, which pumped my whole body with fluid. On December 17, 2019, I had a below the knee amputation on my right foot with an infection...

Mark Dillion

Mark Dillion

Five years after a motorcycle accident and my LAKA I am still praying that my life will have some good things happen. Lots of PT, an excellent Prosthetist and a C-leg has got me back up on 1.5 legs. Recovering physically is easier than coping with depression and...

Arpita Roy

Arpita Roy

From every trail in life there is a wound, from every wound there is a scar, and every scar there is a story. A story that says " I survived "  I lost both my legs above the knee in an accident. After my limb loss journey it was tough but I chose to overcome it with...

Javier W. Barbieri

Javier W. Barbieri

Life can change in an instant. It happened to me. My name is Javier W. Barbieri and I am a systems analyst and software developer from Perú. Due to a severe infection, I lost my left leg below the knee. Undoubtedly, that was the toughest time of my life. In situations...

Philip Mccoy

Philip Mccoy

My right leg was amputated above knee due to necrosis back in October 2021. I never thought life could be like this. I push forward on my own, focusing on my personal goals. I used to look at life as ordinary but now this recent development has taught me to use life...

Ed Purcell

Ed Purcell

In 1967, there was a young boy riding his bicycle on the road, his mom was watching him as she worked in the flower bed. Then all of a sudden, a car approached and hit the young boy, as his mom watched it in fear. The doctors did not expect the boy to survive, because...

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 Gambill

Hollyn Gambill

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...