The Strength to Overcome
“If He Brings You To It, He Will Bring You Through It” – this has always been one of my favorite quotes and I think there is no better example of this truth than Connie Culp – the victim of domestic violence, but the victor of her life. (click for original story, pictures and video)
I couldn’t help but sit in amazement when I read the story, and then watched the press conference about Connie Culp. She is a woman of inordinate strength and courage, and an inspiration to all human beings.
Connie was left to die after her husband shot her in the face with a shotgun in 2004.The blast from the gun left hundreds of fragments of shotgun pellets and bone splinters in her face. Her nose, cheeks, roof of her mouth and an eye were gone; only her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin remained.
In December 2008, Connie underwent one of the most advanced surgical procedures ever performed, and received the face of a female donor that died. During the 22 hour operation, doctors replaced over 80 percent of her face with the bones, muscles, skin and blood vessels taken from the donor. The sad story of what happened to this woman is heart-wrenching – but her ability to overcome this adversity is extraordinary.
As I watched her press conference, I amazed that her opening line was a joke to break the mood. Then a jolly laugh encourages those around her to relax. Her first comments are thanking the family of the donor, and she continues to thank all the staff and everyone that supported her during this ordeal. Nearly every comment is focused outward towards those who supported her though this horrible ordeal.
Her energy is uplifting and positive, and I cannot help but to be inspired by Connie and her strength.
Nothing in my life has come anywhere near the tragedy that befell Connie. This woman lost her FACE – and through technology will regain her ability to live a fulfilling life that another person wished to end. She is living proof that no matter how big the challenge – we can all overcome. Always persevere – Never give up!
Question: What is the greatest challenge you have faced, and how did you handle it?
This post originally published on May 8, 2009
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