Wow…my words are inadequate to describe the inspirational intensity of WPC2019 opening session keynote speaker Linda K. Olson.
In 1979, at the age of 29, Linda lost both her legs above the knee and her right arm in a “train vs. car accident” in Germany. She told her husband of 2 years, who was less seriously injured in the accident that if he wanted to leave her, she’d understand. He responded “I didn’t marry your arms and your legs … if you can do it, I can do it.”
They chose to focus on what they could do, not what they couldn’t do. And they did a lot. Both had successful careers in radiology. They raised a family, and led very active lives.
In 2015, now in her mid-60’s, Linda was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Today she is committed to empowering Parkinson’s patients and families to live life as full as possible, in spite of their disabilities, and to get up, get out, and go.