Hi, my name is Wendy Wallace and One Exceptional Life is my story.  I am a wife, mom, Christian Inspiration blogger and author.  I am also a quadruple amputee.

One Exceptional Life

 

 

This blog is about overcoming obstacles, inspiration, hope and a little entertainment. It’s for everyone who needs a little laugh and some sunshine in their life. We all have challenges. I want you to face your challenges with a smile on your face and a conviction that you can get through it, and be even stronger than ever before.

 

 

      • Do you struggle with any type of limitation, physical or otherwise?
      • Are you a child of God and want to grow closer to Him?
      • Do you have challenges that you want to overcome?
      • Are you a fan of positivity, gratitude, kindness and optimism?

 

 

Well me too!!!  Some of the things we will talk about here are Christian living, positive thinking, kindness, gratitude, overcoming challenges and a little bit of amputee living.  I like to approach things from an optimistic perspective.  You’ll find a lot of inspiration here!  My goal is to help you too, have One Exceptional Life!

A little about me

 

 

I am a wife of 30 years and mom of 3 20-something adults. We live in New Hampshire.  While the kids were growing up, it was really important to us that I stay home and care for my family and raise the children to the best of my ability. In 2011 I became a quadruple amputee and am still trying to figure out my place in this world, but with the help of my family, friends, and God, I am well on my way.  I have been blessed with One Exceptional Life and I am excited to share it with you.

How did I become hand-less and foot-less?

 

 

I’ve always been of an entrepreneurial mind. I had a home based business in the wellness industry that allowed me to stay home for the kids while still generating a great income.

 

 

Then all of that changed in 2011 when I got a life-threatening illness. What we thought was a bad case of the flu turned out to be something far more menacing. Necrotizing Fasciitis is a flesh-eating bacteria capable of wreaking havoc on the body and can often time be fatal.

 

 

The bacteria was basically eating my body, and it made my organs start to shut down. This affected my outer extremities which resulted in the amputation of both hands and both feet. I spent 2 months in the hospital including 3 weeks in a coma on life support, then 1 month in rehab before I could come home to start to live my life again.

 

 

My business fell by the wayside when I lost my hands. I often found myself saying “I can’t.” This negative mindset affected me in all aspects of my life. I’m reminded, almost daily, of all the things that I can do. I need to be more adventurous in my life and try even more things. With the mind and spirit of a young woman, I will no longer allow myself to be limited by this handicapped body and a negative attitude.

 

 

I have finally decided that enough is enough. So here I am. I want to share the ups and downs of life with challenges, in hopes that someone out there can learn from my struggles and mistakes. Every day I experience personal triumphs. I could give up, but I won’t. God saved my life for a purpose and I believe that purpose is to inspire others.

 

 

In addition to blogging, I am also an author.  I recently authored an inspirational ebook available on Amazon called Victory Over Affliction:   30 Mindset Challenges to Motivate You.  This is 30 days of inspiration that is for anyone who struggles in their life.  Be sure to check it out.  Victory Over Affliction.

 

 

Throughout this blog, you’ll get glimpses of how I do different things as an amputee.  For example, many people want to know if I use a voice recorder to do all of my blogging.  The answer is no!  I wear a stylus strapped to one arm and my cell phone strapped to the other.  Most everything I do uses those two tools.  For more information on how I do things differently, check out:

 

 

Amputee Life:  5 Things I do differently than you do

10 Things I can’t Live Without

Amputee Humor: Laughing Behind the Scenes

 

 

Check out some of my most popular blog posts:

 

 

Gratitude from A to Z:  Things to be Thankful For

16 Bible Verses about Overcoming Struggles in Life 

105 of the Best Random Acts of Kindness

 

 

Furthermore, I am an open book.  Feel free to ask any questions.  You can ask in the comments, or email me directly.

 

 

Be sure to follow me on social media!

Meet my Family

 

 

This is a picture of my family which was taken at our youngest son, Matthew’s wedding.

 

one exceptional life family, bride and groom with parents

Meet my husband, Mike

one exceptional life owner with husband, smiling couple

 

 

He is by far my better half and the most wonderful person I have ever met. There are a lot of things that I cannot do on my own. We’ll cover more about that later, but in a nutshell I can’t dress myself, shower or take care of the prep work that is necessary for me to be alone all day while everyone is at work. Mike handles all that plus works at least 60 hours a week on top of his hour and a half commute.

 

 

Mike is a diesel mechanic by day & works on all our vehicles & whoever needs help by night. Plus he’s a Sunday School teacher at our little Missionary Baptist church. Since I usually can’t cook dinner by myself, he takes care of that too now that we are empty nesters. To top it all off, he’s the spiritual head of our household. I thank God for him every day.

Meet my children

 

 

one exceptional life son, smiling handsome groomsman in beige suite

 

 

Michael Jr is our firstborn. He’s 27 years old and recently finished up serving 4 years in the United States Air Force. He still serves our country with the US Air Guard as a jet propulsion mechanic . He is currently relocated to North Dakota so that he can attend UND to get his bachelor’s degree in aviation, his lifelong dream.  Mike is smart, dedicated and focused on achieving his goals.  All of our children love the Lord.

 

 

one exceptional life daughter, pretty brown hair girl smiling

 

 

Megan is our beautiful 24 year old daughter. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Spanish. She just made the trek across the country with her brother, Mike in North Dakota, where she will work in a career where she can utilize her education. This beautiful woman is my best friend and the one who really pushes me to get off the couch and try new things. A fun nickname she’s given me is “Big Tater”. We all have different ideas of how this came about but bottom line: nobody really knows when this unflattering nickname began, but it stuck.

 

 

one exceptional life son and wife, smiling couple, wedding dress beige suit

 

 

Matthew is our youngest at 22 years old. Matt is the most kind-hearted, generous person I know. When he graduated from high school he told me he wanted to go live with his brother, Mike, who was then stationed in Missouri in the USAF. As uncomfortable as I was about him leaving home, I knew he would be safe and in good company. The plan was that he was to come home when Mike finished his time in the Midwest. While Mike came home, Matt did not.

 

 

He met a young lady when he was out there and in August of 2018, he married Samantha. She is a beautiful girl, inside and out and she fits into our family perfectly.  What a blessing!  Matt is a super hard worker who works for a concrete construction company and Sam is a CNA. I miss them every single day and I’m so thankful for texting because I need that connection.

Meet the most spoiled family member of all!

 

 

one exceptional life pet, black lab mix hound

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, our baby, Ruby. She is our 7 yr old mixed breed rescue dog. She’s spoiled beyond belief, but she’s an all around good girl. When we first got her, it was right before back to school & Mike Jr was leaving for the Air Force. I was totally unprepared to take care of a puppy with everyone leaving but she trained fast & became a terrific companion. We all couldn’t imagine life without her.

 

 

I’m excited that you have stopped by.  Please look around One Exceptional Life.  You will find happiness, optimism, gratitude and help in overcoming challenges.  If you like what you’ve seen, I hope you will subscribe.   I look forward to getting to know you better.

 

Welcome to One Exceptional Life!