Aimee Copeland’s story is an inspiring one of courage and resilience in the face of tragedy.
In May 2012, the 24-year-old graduate student suffered a devastating accident while zip-lining with friends.
The wire snapped and she fell onto sharp rocks below, sustaining deep cuts on her calf which resulted in a rare flesh-eating bacterial disease called necrotizing fasciitis that quickly became life threatening.
To save her life, all four of her limbs were amputated.
After the accident, Aimee began a long road to recovery.
She documented much of it on social media where she chronicled her journey of body acceptance and love, showing off photos that revealed scars and amputations.
This was a bold move considering how difficult it must have been for her to share such personal details about herself with the world.
On top of this challenge, she also pursued a Ph.D in Psychology at the University West Georgia proving that despite any tragedy we may face we can still work hard to achieve our dreams and goals.
In addition to her educational pursuits Aimee has become an advocate for those with disabilities through public speaking engagements and social media posts – all while maintaining an air of positivity in spite of great adversity.
Her actions inspire us all to embrace our imperfections and find beauty in our unique bodies as well as prove that having the right attitude can help us overcome any obstacle we may face.
Indeed Aimee Copeland proves that even when tragedy strikes we can triumph over it if we choose not to give up hope.