Choose Your Story | Melissa Stockwell | TEDxVail

We all have the ability to create our own path in life regardless of the obstacles fate throws at us. Melissa’s personal tragedy turns to triumph. Which path in life do you want to take?

In 2004, Melissa Stockwell became the first female to loose a limb in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she chose to accept the loss of her left leg and live her life for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.Forever a Patriot, Melissa loves all that America stands for.

Always an athlete, she competed in the 2008 Paralympic Games in the sport of swimming, is a 3x Paratriathlon World Champion and a Paralympic Hopeful for the Rio 2016 Paralympics. Melissa is a mentor to other wounded veterans through the Vail Veterans Program, she co-founded Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club.

A new mom, Melissa inspires her son to dream big.

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