She is now a transfemoral (above knee) amputee.
Rebecca received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school students in public, private, and charter schools. She has also conducted early intervention evaluations and coordinated school-wide special education programs.
In August 2011, Rebecca returned to teaching on a part-time basis. Today, she works with middle and high school students with learning differences.
Part of a large, close-knit family, Rebecca is the oldest of 6 siblings and many cousins. Her family has been instrumental in her recovery. They continue to jump in, at a moment's notice, whenever she needs them.
As an amputee, Rebecca has discovered a passion for rock climbing. She also enjoys planting gardens, baking cookies, and exploring Philly's neighborhoods and cafés.
She presents trauma from a patient and family perspective. She relates her experience as a patient, an amputee, and an individual adjusting to a new normal. She focuses on resilience -- on the factors and support that have enabled her not only to survive, but to thrive.
|Sometimes they walk a mile too!|
Rebecca’s story is a step-by-step journey. She always tells it from the perspective of someone who is still on her way.