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Woman Nearly Loses Leg But Not Passion for Life

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Posted on April 16th, 2011 at 5:15 am

Janet Oberholtzer and her family were living their dream.

They had sold their home and family business and set out for the adventure of a lifetime -- a cross-country trip in an RV.

Just six months into the trip, Janet was fighting for her life. While traveling through Los Angeles, they were involved in a wreck with five semi-trucks. Janet's husband and three sons were OK, but two weeks later, Janet woke up and discovered that she'd nearly lost her life and her left leg.

She says it took her more than a month to grasp just how serious and life-changing her injuries were. After multiple surgeries, she walked alone three months after the accident, much quicker than her doctors thought she would.

Janet explains what it was like when she realized that life was not going to be what she always thought it would be like. Instead, she would forever live with pain, lower energy levels and a deformed leg. During those early days, she said she was in a very dark and deep depression.

But then a writing exercise changed her perspective. Find out how writing her own obituary gave her a big wake-up call and a new passion for living.

She returned to running and has even completed two half-marathons, despite her lifelong injuries.

Janet explains the four steps she had to take before she could learn to really live again.

To learn much more about Janet's road to recovery, and to see pictures of the accident that changed her life, click here to visit her website.

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  • Growing Bolder
    Growing Bolder
    Growing Bolder
    Posted 10:23pm April 22nd, 2011

    Thank you Janet for being such a great guest! We should point out to our readers that you live in Pennsylvania. 

    Are you looking for other events in Pa. only, throughout the Northeast or throughout the whole country? Wherever it is, we can't wait to hear what you accomplish next!

  • Posted 10:05am April 16th, 2011

    Thanks Marc, Bill and everyone at Growing Bolder for giving me the opportunity to share my story with you and your audience. 

    This picture is of my half-marathon finish at Garden Spot Village Marathon on April 9, 2011. I felt great while running and have recovered well. Again I'm amazed at how our bodies respond to consistent training and healthy food. Now dreaming of my next race ... not exactly sure where/when it will be. Viewers, any suggestions?

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