HUMANITY I recently had the great honor of completing the University of Geneva’s program on Global Health and Human Rights in the exquisitely serene city known as Geneva.  Just back two weeks in the U.S. and still processing the lessons learned, this is what I discovered:

Life is short and as much as possible, we should fill every moment with things that positively enrich our souls. Welcome experiences, both good and bad, and appreciate that their value far outweighs any material possession or any tangible thing. Meaningful friendships and relationships should be treated like precious gems that fill our hearts with love. And we should all try to have enough self-respect to boldly walk away from situations that negatively affect our outlooks and our perceptions. Welcome each day as new beginnings but allow ourselves the luxury to just be. Be honest to ourselves. Trust our instincts. And let’s try to do our part to leave the world a better place. 

Maya AngelouMy life forever changed on this exact day thirty nine years ago.  Even though it was the day that I could have died, I will forever thank this day for being the day that I survived.

Run over by a gravel truck, my left leg was severely crushed and was amputated just hours later.  That catastrophic loss allowed me the gift of this life that I have been given.  That loss has bestowed me with gifts too great in numerosity to count.  And that loss left me with the perspective to live life fully, to be limitless.

In so honoring this day for what it means, I am grateful to my mom, my dad, my brother, my family, and my friends who helped me survive then; and now, to allow me to thrive and to always be true to myself.  Leslie & Lolly

 

 

It takes honesty to recognize your self worth. And it takes intelligence to accept that the only person to whom it really matters is you. But courage
gives you the strength to walk away from the people, places or events that cause you to doubt your own value.

Live the life you’ve always imagined.
I know I’m ready to do just that.

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Once again honored to be interviewed as a subject matter expert on living life with limb loss in the most-recent publication of the O&P Almanac.   Talking about April as being Limb Loss Awareness Month, the message I sent is the one I always send:  Advocate for yourself and never compromise what’s important to you.

Click to read the story here: http://issuu.com/americanoandp/docs/april_2014_almanac