Motivational Speaker and Consultant
As a well-respected educator for over thirty years, Merlyna Valentine received numerous awards as a teacher, principal, and executive director in a highly successful school district. Her transformational leadership as a school principal resulted in her school being recognized as a “Top Gains” school. Against overwhelming odds, Merlyna Valentine overcame a medical tragedy and thrives in her new life. She has learned some valuable lessons since August 2007, when her life as she knew it was forever changed and she experienced the closest call to death imaginable. Instead of focusing on what happened and what’s missing from her new life as a quad amputee, she chooses to embrace this new path with a grateful heart and positive attitude. Her powerful story of perseverance, courage, and hope was featured on the Today Show and in Ebony magazine. Her message inspires her audiences to live life to the fullest and succeed beyond expectations.
Quadruple Amputee Will Walk Down the Aisle at her Wedding
New Orleans resident Merlyna Adams is getting married on April 16th! While most brides dream of walking down the aisle and having a sparkly ring slipped on their finger, Merlyna faced a startlingly different reality after a sudden illness forced the amputation of all four limbs in 2008. After two years of fighting her way back to reclaim her life, her relationships and her career, she now relies on prosthetic hands and legs for mobility and independence. In a real-life dream come true, Merlyna will indeed walk down the aisle on her new legs and extend a beautiful prosthetic hand to her husband, Tory Valentine. You can learn more about Merlyna on her profile page: https://www.armdynamics.com/success-stories/merlyna-valentine.
NBC Today Show: Quadruple Amputee Merlyna Adams Amazing Story!
Having all four limbs amputated is a rare occurrence. Even more rare is the person who survives this loss but goes on to wear four prosthetic limbs everyday while pursuing a demanding career and an active life. That's Merlyna Adams... and this is her story, fresh from NBC's Today show, 6/23/11! You can find Merlyna's full profile on the Arm Dynamics website: https://www.armdynamics.com/success-stories/merlyna-valentine.