Friday, March 05, 2021

{ Limitless by Mallory Weggeman - TLC Book Tour }


Hardcover: 272 Pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 2, 2021)
 
 
The Paralympic gold-medalist, world champion swimmer, ESPY winner, and NBC Sports commentator uses her extraordinary story to equip others to meet whatever challenges they face in life.

On January 21, 2008, a routine medical procedure left Mallory Weggemann paralyzed from her waist down. Less than two years later, Mallory had broken eight world records, and by the 2012 Paralympic Games, she held fifteen world records and thirty-four American records. Two years later a devastating fall severely damaged her left arm, yet Mallory refused to give up. After two reconstructive surgeries and extended rehab, she won two golds and a silver at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. And perhaps most significantly, she found confidence, independence, and persevering love as she walked down the aisle on her wedding day.

Mallory’s extraordinary resilience and uncompromising commitment to excellence are rooted in her resolve, perseverance, and sheer grit. In this remarkable new book, Mallory shares the lessons she learned by pushing past every obstacle, expectation, and limitation that stood in her way, including the need to:

  • redefine limitations;
  • remember that healing is not chronological;
  • be willing to fail;
  • and embrace your comeback.

Mallory’s story reminds us that whatever circumstances we face, we have the capacity to face down whatever challenges, labels, or difficulties confront us–and to do so on our own terms.

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About Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann is a record-setting, two-time Paralympic swimmer for Team USA. She has set fifteen world records and thirty-four American records, and is also the recipient of an ESPY Award, a 15-time World Champion, and a Paralympic gold and bronze medalist. Weggemann has also served as a commentator on NBC for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, the first female reporter in a wheelchair ever to serve in that capacity. Weggemann has established herself as a leader outside of the pool, as well; she is an inclusion advocate serving on the Advisory Board of Disability for Delta Air Lines as well as a cofounder and co-CEO of TFA Group, a social impact agency and production studio. A highly sought-after motivational speaker, Weggemann has presented at numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Comcast, PepsiCo, Northwestern Mutual, Aetna, Accenture, and Delta Air Lines.

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REVIEW:  
 
Wow and wow again!!! 
 
Mallory Weggemann is an inspiration and a true fighter, in every sense of the word.  
 
I believe that God puts certain books, movies, thoughts and people in our lives, to teach us a lesson.  Sometimes it's something we can relate to and therefore gives us the strength we need to move on, knowing that someone else is in that same situation.  Other times, it is lessons that are not exactly directly related to what we are going through, but also teach us some important and extremely pivotal lessons in life.
 
It's funny how this book review came about, because lately God has been working on my heart, changing a lot of things within me that I didn't want to see or admit, and others that I've been asking for help changing.
 
One of those is learning to be content with where I am, and who I am, and also realizing that no matter how bleak I think things are around me, there is always someone out there going through a worse situation and still managing to do it with a smile on their face and grave in their hearts.
 
Right before I started reading Mallory's story, I had been complaining about the annoyance of my allergies and how debilitating they sometimes can be, how I was feeling unwell, and wah wah wah.
 
In that moment I had come across a Youtube video about a young man, 19 years old, that had lost both his legs and his right arm in an work related accident.  It was like a slap in my face, to knock it off and realize how easy I have it.
 
Then I started reading Limitless and that was a double whammy.
 
In 2008 Mallory Weggemann went in for a routine procedure.  In her senior year in high school, Mallory was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and shingles. The shingles resolved itself but she was left with searing pain in her nerves, a condition called postherpetic neuralgia.

She began a series of treatments which consisted of epidural injections to treat the nerve pain.  The first two went as planned, the third however came as a shock.  Mallory walked into the clinic, was administered the epidural and never regained feeling below her waist.  She would later find out she had sustained a T10 complete spinal cord injury.

And so begins her journey.  From fear, horror, and an overwhelming sense of helplessness, to taking back control over what she could change and realizing that she would not let this condition dictate her life, but rather that she would fight every single morning.

This isn't just a book about her overcoming her disability, but rather a lesson of faith, unshakeable faith and determination to push through and go above and beyond what they said she could and couldn't do.

Mallory had always been a swimmer, being in the water is where she felt the safest, and that dream, although set aside for a very short period of time while she dealt with the immediate changes to her body.....would become one of her most proud accomplishments in life.

She broke eight world records, held fifteen world records and thirty-four American records. And then came another blow, a fall severely damaged her left arm.  For some this may have been the last straw, but for Mallory it just meant another obstacle that she would push out of her way as she continued on her journey.
 
In 2019, she won two gold medals and a silver.
 
What Mallory has taught me through her story, is that we need to stop sweating the small stuff.  
 
Life doesn't always go to plan, rarely does it actually, at least in my experience.  The things that I choose to focus on can determine my path and my happiness and joy.  The next time I complain about my nose being congested, my sinus acting up, the dishes piling on the sink, or the sleepless night I had,  I need to remember that there are so many out there who have had to face huge and I mean huge life changing situations.
 
And they've done it and continue doing it with a smile on their face, and thanks in their heart.
 
Mallory Weggemann is amazing and I'm sure that she is going to continue doing incredible things, despite her limitations. 

1 comment:

  1. I love how inspiring this is! Thank you for being on this tour. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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