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Just the Beginning as an Amputee

Amputee

Kristina DeJesus

1 Year Later From Becoming An Amputee

One year ago on October 7, 2017 I was in an accident on vacation in Austin, Texas. I went right through the propellar of a boat and had my entire right arm severed in the water. With the help of friends, strangers and my nursing experience, with the odds completely against me, I somehow survived that day. According to the surgeon, I should have been dead in 4 minutes. Despite the horrifying phanton limb pain, months of rehab, and suffering PTSD, I kept my hopes up. Im not saying I never had any negative thoughts through it all but I was surrounded by so much love and support and knew I was just lucky to be alive. I'm back to my jobs as a CCU Nurse and working on call as a Forensic Nurse. I'm working on myself and my body everyday and slowly learning to love myself again. It was and still can be hard to go to public places and have everyone stare or ask what happened... But I always try to keep my head high and smile at them, and if they have a problem with the way I look, well, thats none of my business. Beauty starts with yourself, in character and in strength. I am grateful every day.

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