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Need Motivation? Quadruple Amputee Finished a 4 Mile Race

It is true that we all lose our motivation to workout. It just happens. Then I come across something that makes me say, "No TV tonight I am going running!" Here is one such story that I just have to share with you.

Two years ago, Jeff Lewis lost both his hands and his feet in a controversial, yet life saving surgery. A common strep B infection turned potentially fatal since his spleen, which usually fights off such infections, had been removed 20 years earlier after a hunting accident. As the blood supply decreased to his extremities, the infection spread to his fingers and toes and eventually reached his forearms and shins. His options were amputation or death. So doctors amputated Lewis' hands and forearms below the elbow and his feet and shins below the knee.

Needless to say, he survived and although he initially battled with depression, Jeff still leads a full life. He still teaches high school math and he is physically active and runs!!! He participated in Pat's Run (in honor of Pat Tillman who was killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire a few years back), a 4.2 mile run and he finished in less than 90 minutes.

And he offers this advice to others: "Don't be a spectator. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it."

Not only am I beyond impressed, I am truly motivated.

Read more about Jeff's story in this article at USA Today or check out Jeff's website:


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squiggles squiggles 8 years
Such an amazing story, and definitely proof that ANYBODY can be active, no excuses!
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Strep, pneumonia, and malaria are the worst things a person with no spleen can get. I'm soooo paranoid about strep throat- I kind of ignored the "good for him" part and went straight to "Aaaaaaah! Strep!"
SU3 SU3 8 years
He's definitely an inspiration! Thanks for posting the article. He's truly a testament to what you can do when you're dedicated - I love his quote. :)
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 8 years
Now that's remarkable and inspirational.
modernage modernage 8 years
wow that's incredible. Def. a motivation. Poor guy.
modernage modernage 8 years
wow that's incredible. Def. a motivation.Poor guy.
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