There are plenty of inspiring people in the world, but some really touch your heart. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and quadruple amputee Taylor Morris and his long-time girlfriend Danielle have touched mine in a big way.
Not only does Taylor have an incredible spirit and zest for life, but Danielle has stood by him through it all, sometimes literally carrying him on her back. It's clear that she motivates him to work hard and reaffirms his value. Theirs is a beautiful story of the power of love that reminds me why I write romance.
I learned about the couple while researching bilateral amputees for a new storyline when I came across a blog maintained by Danielle that chronicles Taylor’s recovery. That led me to photos and stories about Taylor posted by his childhood friend, Tim Dodd, a professional photographer.
Those who have lost limbs—no matter how it happened—face tremendous physical and mental challenges. They must relearn how to function and take care of themselves while facing incredible pain. Not only that, but they often harbor doubts about their appearance, their self-worth, and what they have to offer current or potential loved ones now that they are “less than” they once were.
Makes my daily struggles—if they could ever even be classified as such—seem pointless. I’m certainly reminded not to take what I have for granted, or to let life pass me by while I wait for something amazing to happen.
Photo credit: By Official Navy Page from United States of America Patty Babb/U.S. Navy (EOD diver receives Bronze Star.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons