It was the tee-shirt that Cilicia van Heyningen was wearing that initially caught RL’s eye. It made me wonder why such a beautiful young woman felt the need to announce to the world on a tee shirt that “Society Has A Distorted Perception of Beauty” As I looked deeper into Cilicia’s social media accounts, I found her to be quite a character that made me both laugh and cry in the time that it took me to figure out her story. It will take you no time at all to fall in love with Cilicia’s spirit, just as I did. She’s one of those cool people that you just want to hang out and laugh with. Continue reading
I was introduced to Blake Leeper in November 2014, prior to writing for Refocused Lives, when he appeared as a guest speaker for Limb Loss Education Day in Palm Desert, California. Prior to that day, I had no idea who Blake Leeper was nor did I have any idea of what he had accomplished in his life. All I can tell you is that I was transformed that afternoon after listening to him speak. His words brought me to tears, not because he made me sad but because he made me feel so empowered. I felt as if I could conquer the world after listening to him. Continue reading
Reggie Showers is one exciting individual. We initially learned of Reggie and the amazing work he does via a Facebook post that was shared by a friend. RL found him so interesting that we just had to share his blog with you. You will get hooked on his passion for life and his desire to motivate others to greatness. See how this bi-lateral, below knee, amputee gives definition the phrase “Amputee Strong.”
Today, I was asked if I was wheelchair bound. The question actually threw me off guard for a moment and I found myself struggling to answer the question. I can’t quite recall my exact answer but I babbled something about being able to use my walker to walk around the house 5 or 10 percent of the time.
As the day progressed, I continued to think about that question and my discomfort with the answer I gave. Why did I feel like a liar for telling the truth. Continue reading
Overcoming the obstacles that we face in life can become quite challenging and will often make us feel as if we are running into a brick wall. How many times have we met with adversity that seems to take us right back to square one? How many times have we changed course or implemented a new plan to get better results only to find that we’ve just inched a few steps forward? I’m sure you will agree that its frustrating, right. Well, I’d like to encourage you to take the focus off of the frustration, instead I’d like you to refocus on the few inches forward that you just achieved. Why? Because inches add up! Continue reading
McKenzie was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome and was missing her right foot and leg below the knee. Also, she has her pinkies and thumbs but she was born with her fingers webbed together which had to be separated by surgery. Continue reading