Friday, May 16, 2014


Meningitis is a disease that can be caused by a harmful bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis, also known as meningococcus.  Amy Purdy was only nineteen years old when Meningitis forced medical doctors to amputate both of her feet and the lower half of her legs to prevent the Meningitis from spreading to the rest of her body.  She eventually got artificial legs to replace both the lower half of her legs and both of her feet.  She had to relearn how to walk, run, dance and even more important how to snowboard once again.  Amy Purdy was an experienced snowboarder before Meningitis and she became a Golf Medal winner in the 2011 Para-snowboard cross in the New Zealand Winter Games and won the Bronze Medal in the 2013 Para-Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia (Held only a few days after the 2013 Winter Olympic Games also in Sochi, Russia). And now Amy Purdy is very close to winning the Mirror Ball trophy in the 2014 season of Dancing with the Stars.  It proves once and for all that losing both feet and the lower half of both legs isn't the end of the world---But the start of a brand new existence.  It also means that Amy Purdy has a large variety of fake legs and fake feet to go along with her large variety of shoes inside her shoe closet.

Amy Purdy, Dancing with the Stars instructor/dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Dancing with the Stars Instructor/dancer Derek Hough

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