Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Leg To Stand On Book Review

I have a new book to share with you that is called A Leg To Stand On written by Colleen Haggerty. This is the author's story of how she became disabled and how she managed to cope with the loss of her leg.

When Colleen Haggerty lost her leg in an accident during her senior year of high school, she could have retreated from life and let her disability become her defining quality—and no one would have blamed her for it. Instead, she went the opposite way. In the years following her accident, Haggerty explored her physical world with vigor, testing the limits of her body by joining a ski team, playing with a co-ed soccer team, and taking up kayaking and backpacking. She also tested the limits of her heart, pursuing love and passion with restless men.

In A Leg to Stand On, Haggerty recounts her life as a disabled woman, from redefining herself as a young woman after tragedy—fierce and able, but haunted by hard choices and suppressed grief—to choosing marriage and motherhood. That choice comes at great cost to the physical freedom Haggerty has fought for, but ultimately she redemption, fulfillment, and self-acceptance in the bargain. No one will read this book without being inspired to accept their past and create the future they always wanted.
My Review:

You will be inspired by this true story of a girl who was out one night with friends in the snow and a tragic car accident left her with only one leg. It was a hard battle at first and she really had a hard time. It didn't help that she met 2 guys who really weren't there for her or gave her what she really needed.

The man she ended up marrying was a godsend for her and her first pregnancy wasn't very pretty but it was well worth it in the end. Follow Colleen's story and cheer her on each time she meets a hurdle that might derail her life if not for her stubbornness to make it.

I've always believed that you have to make a conscience decision to either let your past define you and swallow you whole or punch through it and become something different than what you or other people thought you would be. Just because your childhood or your teen years were not the best, you can still have a good life and be successful in whatever you decide to do. Colleen is a good example of that. I applaud her for not letting that accident be the end of her story.

Happy Reading!

About the Author:

Colleen Haggerty is a writer of memoir and personal essay. She has contributed to four anthologies: The Spirit of a WomanHe Said What? (penned as Coleen Robinson), Dancing at the Shame Prom, and Beyond Belief. After Colleen lost her leg at seventeen years old she found feeling marginalized. She developed a deep empathy for and desire to help others living on the fringe of society, which led to her twenty-year career in non-profit management.

She is an inspiring public speaker and was a speaker at the 2013 Bellingham TEDx event where she talked about the power of forgiveness. Colleen writes about walking through life as an amputee at

She makes her home in Bellingham, WA with her husband and two teenagers.

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.