Aimee Copeland: I Love Life

Aimee Copeland

The homemade poster that Aimee holds says it all

Aimee Copeland, the young woman from Snellville, Georgia, who lost her hands, both feet and her entire right leg to flesh-eating bacteria last spring, embraced life and sent a powerful message of indomitable strength when she walked using a walker for the first time in front of millions on the Katie Couric show.

Tears flowed throughout the audience, but not from Aimee as she beamed and walked with a steady determination toward Couric. During her interview on the show, she talked with vigor about living and about her dreams for the future as an amputee saying “I love life. It’s a beautiful thing… even more so now.”

“My senses are so deepened,” she said. “Everything smells better. Everything is more vibrant, more beautiful.” Everything sparkles, like her eyes, in her new world. Copeland, 24, cut open her right leg falling from a zip line near the Tallapoosa River amazingly only four months ago. She has come so far; her spirits and determination to live has soared.

America loves Aimee, the world loves Aimee and she loves life. Home builders in Georgia built a complete annex onto her parent’s home for her that has everything she needs to grow her independence and Katie surprised Aimee with a new van, donated by a Georgia Chevrolet dealer, that will get her further down the road of life. She is amazing, her outlook is amazing. Her smile and her spirit is amazing.

Don’t call Aimee “disabled.” She is learning to use her “nubs” instead of adaptive equipment, attested by the medical staff at The Shepherd Rehabilitation Center in Atlanta.

She said what she has eclipses what she lost last spring.

Fantastic Friday: Scott Rigsby

It seems that you need heart, not legs, to accomplish the unthinkable. Double amputee Ironman Scott Rigsby has a big-actually huge-heart. His story inspires and oftentimes takes away excuses; he embodies the unthinkable which he will now share with new amputee Amiee Copeland (both from Georgia).

Double amputee Ironman Scott Rigsby

“Life goes on,” is part of the salient message Scott will share with Aimee. She’s in the international spotlight now partly because of the flesh eating bacteria that caused her to loose arms and legs and begin to live as a quadruple amputee. The e other reason Aimee is so endearing is because of her positive perspective. She says,” My attitude is going to determine my altitude, and I’m going to keep positive”

Rigsby, a double amputee, knows firsthand about the challenges Aimee Copeland will face when she is introduced to a life with prosthesis.

Twenty six years ago it happened. A tractor trailer truck slammed into the vehicle Scott was in and one leg was severed and hlis other leg was mangled. Ten years ago, he became a double amputee, the other leg was removed. Eventually an Atlanta Thrashers team physician fitted him with high-tech prosthetic legs, Rigsby, now an internationally known triathlete, said he was finally able to get on with his life.

Through his foundation, Rigsby has also worked with hundreds of wounded veterans who have lost limbs in combat, and he’ll draw on that experience in working with Copeland. This man has a big heart, a message of courage, indomitable strength and endurance; he has become an “overcomer” and personifies the belief that anyone can and shall overcome.

“I want to be able to take away people’s excuses.” ~Scott Rigsby