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.