Amy Van Dyken-Rouen Inspires Us Through Positive Outlook On New Life
Last year, Amy Van Dyken-Rouen got into an accident which left her paralyzed from the waist down. She expressed being discouraged about being able to live a 'normal' life. But over a year later, she is more positive and hopeful than most people. Her husband, Tom Rouen had their house and car modified so she can still do 'normal' every day things. Amy came from being one of the greatest Olympic swimmers of all time to starting her life all over again. Everything she knew was gone. Everything she knew how to do was gone. Her greatest triumph was swimming. Now her greatest triumph is living. The brave woman decided that she would not let her new disability keep her from living her life and being happy. She continues her physical therapy and hopes to one day not be a paraplegic. Until then she is inspiring everyone around her. Tom and Amy started an organization supporting other people with spinal cord injuries. She told Today, "I hope people can look at me and know I'm going through what would be considered hell, but I'm doing it with a smile and it's not so bad. So Maybe your Monday morning meeting doesn't seem as bad as you think it does." What an incredible, strong fighter she is!