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Double amputee turns life around, focuses on family

Posted at 9:53 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 21:53:15-04

INDIANAPOLIS – A woman who lost both of her legs years ago, wants to prove those with disabilities can overcome any challenges thrown their way.

Michelle Williamson became a double amputee after living on the streets and suffering from frostbite. She battled drug addiction for years.

"It was very hard and it sent me to a very dark place,” said Williamson. “I just wanted to give up and lay down and just say forget it. But then I decided I'm too young. I can do this. With a little rehab, I can handle it."

Nearly seven years later, she works at Goodwill and said her primary concern is caring for her two sons and setting a good example for them.

"Anything is possible,” she said. “Because when I first got them amputated, I thought I was sad and I was thinking I was going to be stuck in the house. And I said no, no use and having a pity party. Let's get out of here and show the world we can do this."

Williamson’s supervisor, Amy Trueblood, said her employees with disabilities are dependable and hard-working.

"She's just a burst of energy and joy,” said Trueblood. “She walks into this building and it lights up. She's full of determination, inspiration and a strong will to succeed. And there isn't anything she can't accomplish."

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