“Recovery will come,” she said. “For each person, their story is deeply personal an unlike any other.”

Tracy Medler is no stranger to surgery.

23 years ago, she had to turn her infant daughter over to the hospital for open-heart surgery.
“I remember feeling, ‘If I can go through this I can get through anything,’” she said.

Little did she know, her faith would be tested again.

In November of last year, an ulcer on the bottom of her foot became infected and did not heal with conservative measures. She was admitted to St. Thomas Rutherford with acute septic shock. The infection entered her bloodstream, and surgery was the only viable option.

Tracy experienced a number of touch-and-go moments, and at one point her daughter and husband were told to say their final good-byes. She pulled through, however, thanks in part to the “team of doctors, nurses and ancillary staff [who] were amazing.”

After her surgery, she was introduced to Scott Moore and Michelle Prichardwith Bulow OPS. They assured her that though she had lost her natural leg, she would eventually be fitted with a prosthesis. That day final came on Sept. 7th, and Tracy couldn’t be happier.

“My only child/daughter’s wedding is in two weeks, and I am not only alive to see her get married, I will be dancing at the reception!” she said. “Since the amputation, I am blessed to be alive and have gained a new insight into my personal strength and determination.”

She went on to say that there was no way she could do whit without her family and strong faith in God.

“I was told my daughter fought for me all along the way during my hospitalization,” she said. “She refused to think that I could be leaving her. That tenacity I truly believe came from God, but also from the example I had set for her during her up-bringing.”

Tracy said this was one of the most profound, defining moments in her life.

Since being fitted with her prosthesis, Tracy has found a new hobby: refinishing old furniture.

“With my Bulow Prosthesis, I am able to shop for supplies and be up on both feet to do the work,” she said.

Her advice to new amputees is to be patient with yourself.

“Recovery will come,” she said. “For each person, their story is deeply personal an unlike any other.”

She went on to say that new amputees should follow the advice of their physical therapy team and their team at Bulow.

“They are experts in their field for a reason,” she said. “They are here to help you.”

She reminds female amputees that they are strong anyway, and they should never give up. To the male amputees, she reminds them that they have made enormous sacrifices for their families and they, “trust you to do your very best to be your very best you.”

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