Listening to the stories of how people have changed their lives for the better, after experiencing traumatic events is a gratifying and humble experience.
I experienced this previously when reading the story of Andy Grant and how he turned his life around, after being blown up whilst serving in Afghanistan, to become a successful motivational speaker.
Recently I had the pleasure of listening to another inspirational story, at last month’s MYP (Merseyside Young Professionals) lunchtime speaker event on Zoom. The speaker was Ella Rose Dove, an amputee, author and Commissioning Editor of Good Housekeeping, Red and Prima magazine. In this talk, Ella shared her compelling story about overcoming a serious accident in 2015, from a fall whilst out jogging. The result of this fall was that the blood supply to her foot was cut, resulting in three days in intensive care with the only remaining option to have her right leg amputated below the knee.
Listening to Ella’s story from start to finish, I marvelled at her courage, resilience and inner strength. From a sudden and devastating event, seeing her life change all around her, along with hopes and dreams coming apart, I could only listen and admire with total respect at how Ella overcame such trauma to positively change her life. Indeed, this is a massive and inspirational achievement, evidenced by Ella writing and publishing her first novel First Steps to Happy last year, along with her passionate charity work for The Limbless Association.
Ella also talked about her passion for improving disability awareness and to bring it into the mainstream, to show and demonstrate that everyone is capable of anything. I can strongly identify with this, through my own experience with autism, and using it to positively change my own life through achieving my degree, getting into employment, and running half marathons. There are countless examples of people who have overcome disability and changed their lives for the better.
I would like to personally thank Ella for sharing her incredible story. It serves as a timely reminder that demonstrates how disability is no barrier to what a person can achieve.
You can find out more about Ella’s work at https://www.elladove.com