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What’s Your Story Blog Series #4: Meet Wendy, a Quadruple Amputee

Here we go again! Each week I post a new edition of the What’s Your Story Blog Series.

 

The purpose of this series is two-fold:

 

First, to provide you with a sneak peek into the lives of others, and

 

Second, to encourage you to discover the stories of the people that surround you in your everyday life–to ask questions, to listen, to care, to connect at a deeper level, if only for a moment.

 

Choosing to connect in brief, but meaningful, ways with family, friends, neighbors, strangers will make a positive difference in our lives!

 

My next guest has a story that will inspire you. I’ll let Wendy introduce herself below. Enjoy this brief glimpse into her life, leave a comment below, and feel free to reach out to her at the links provided at the end of the post.

 

INTRODUCTION

Bio: Hi, my name is Wendy and I am a Christian wife and empty-nester mom of 3 who lives in New Hampshire. I am addicted to Magnum ice cream bars, M & M’s and sweet tea (I may have a sugar problem). My hobbies include hanging out with my family, flower gardening and blogging. I am the owner of One Exceptional Life, a Christian inspirational blog where I help people overcome the challenges in their lives through faith, gratitude, kindness and positivity. I also address amputee life as a quadruple amputee.

 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1) What is your favorite color?

Pink

 

2) What is your favorite food?

Ice Cream

 

3) Are you an introvert or extrovert?

I am an introvert with the desire to grow out of my shell one baby step at a time.

 

4) Are you a dreamer or a go-getter?

Both! It all starts with dreaming, right? My challenge lies in creating the exact action steps I need to pull the plan all together.

 

5) What are you most passionate about?

My biggest passions are Jesus Christ and my family. They were all responsible for my healing after I contracted a flesh-eating bacteria which resulted in the amputation of both hands and both feet in 2011. Jesus saved my soul and my life and my family held me close through that illness, and more.

 

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6) Name a book that has influenced you the most:

The Holy Bible! It is my rule book for living. There’s not another book that teaches, guides and encourages like the Bible.

 

7) What do you do to relax at the end of a long week?

I relax by hanging out with my husband. We grocery shop, visit with family and entertain our church family after Sunday services.

 

8) Share your favorite motivational quote:

My favorite motivational quote is a scripture. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” This scripture has been critical and has enabled me to recover and heal after my amputations.

 

 

9) What trial have you overcome or are in the process of overcoming?

Having no feet hasn’t been much of a trial because prosthetic legs enable me to walk just like I used to. But having no hands has been the biggest hardship of my life. I have had to depend on my husband to bathe and dress me, plus so many other things. But my faith has grown, I’ve learned humility and gratitude. Most of all, I’ve learned that I can overcome anything. That’s the goal for my blog. To encourage my readers over the hump. If I can get through my struggles, you can get through yours.

 

10) Do you enjoy your job? Why, or why not?

I love it! My blog has given me the outlet to share my story, help others who are struggling and has been huge in my healing. I’ve made some great friends and I love all the learning that is necessary for running a blog.

 

11) What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

This is a tough question. I’m not much of a daredevil. For the life of me, I can’t think of anything. Which means, it’s time for me to do something outrageous.

 

12) Share a life-changing event you have experienced:

Surviving flesh-eating bacteria and quadruple amputations. Learning to live without hands and feet has been a great adventure, full of fear, sadness and frustration. But the survival aspect has led to gratitude, joy and a closer relationship with my Lord.

 

 

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13) What do people constantly misunderstand about you?

I think that people misinterpret my concern and willingness to help for being nosy. I am always asking questions. But that is because I am looking for ways to help them out.


14) Do you have a favorite place in the world? Where is it?
Home! I’m a homebody. But I would never turn down a trip to a warmer climate on a beach with clear blue water.n!

 

15) What three words would your friends use to describe you?

Inspirational, generous, committed

 

16) Who has been a role model to you? How?

My husband, Mike. He sets a great example as the spiritual head of our household. He led me to the Lord over 30 years ago when we first met. And he’s been the best husband, best friend and father to my kids, that I could ever ask for.

 

17) Who is the person with whom you can talk about anything?

My husband, Mike

 

18) What one word best describes your family?
Love!

 

 

19) What message would you like to share with the rest of the world?

Put your faith in God, accept Jesus as your Savior and with your faith and a little effort you can get through everything.

 

20) If you could go back five years in your life, what advice would you give yourself?

Don’t spend so much time regretting what you’ve lost. Figure out what you can do to create a great life and go for it. Just remember, you have a great message to share. Don’t put it off, share it now!

 

Wendy would love to hear from you! Contact her at the links below:

 

EVERYONE HAS A SHARE: WHAT’S YOUR STORY?

Interested in participating in our What’s Your Story Blog Series? Submit your information here to be considered for future posts.

 

CHALLENGE: Ask someone you know little about questions about their life. Discover something that you have in common.

 


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