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Continue to Push Through After Becoming An Amputee

Amputee

Dasha SCOTT

How I Overcame Fear

My name is Dasha and I am originally from Memphis, TN, but I now reside in San Diego, CA. In 2008 while I was in college, I decided to participate in spring break activities. My life prior to this trip was super busy because I was working and studying full-time.    Before 2008, I really hadn't traveled too far away from home. While traveling to Florida on spring break, the person who was driving lost control and the vehicle overturned 6 times. I was ejected out of the car & the car was completely totaled. I had to be airlifted to the hospital. Now, keep in mind, that I was away from all family and friends since my car accident happened out of town.

Life After Becoming An Amputee

My injuries were pretty bad, which resulted in the amputation of my right leg. I have had 9 surgeries and 6 blood transfusions since the accident. I took a hiatus from college due to depression from the wreck, but eventually I went back and finished school. I am now a two-time college graduate. Since my right leg was amputated, I had to learn not only how to walk with the use of a prosthetic, but also how to drive all over again. There were so many times when I felt alone and had no one there. 

I now drive with my left foot, which isn't as hard as you would think. Although it may seem like the end of the world, you have to keep fighting and progressing forward in life. Don't let your doubt and insecurities keep you pursuing what you want to do in life. Remember that no matter who you are or what you are going through, make sure to share your life with others because you never know who has gone through a similar situation.

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