Mallory Weggemann

Mallory Weggemann has been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven. On January 21, 2008, she went to the hospital to receive the final epidural injection to help treat her back pain caused by postherpetic neuralgia. The epidural injections left Mallory a paraplegic with complete loss of movement from her abdomen down.

Just three months after her injury at the age of 18, Weggemann chose to return to the pool. She found one thing unchanged, her love for swimming. Now, she’s a Paralympic Gold Medalist.

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Mallory: Swimming brought be back to life from a very very dark place.

It was a very difficult moment to realize I wasn't going to walk home that night.

I think it was after that first week that I started fighting.

As crazy as it may sound, I am thankful for that day. I learned a lot about how to love myself again. And I think that's what it's about—it's about not only the moments, but how we react to them and where we choose to go from that point.

To me, resiliency is that will to never give up. To never give in. And to always keep fighting the fight.

Resilience. Pass It On!

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Your Comments
Sophie Cain from Larkspur Middle School OCTOBER 19, 2021
I personally am a swimmer. I was really touched by what I saw. I love that people who have some disabilities have found heir true passion for something, that they will never let of.

Angelo Larroque from Texas APRIL 28, 2021
never give up !

Abdullah Malik APRIL 26, 2021
I think it was great for her to just open up. Even though she had difficulties she still manged to help others.

kiiara from toledo ohio OCTOBER 20, 2020
I love this story

Jade from ????????????????????????? SEPTEMBER 23, 2020
I think that this is so heartwarming I wish i was as confident in my self like she is to her self. After this i want to try to be confident.

bean beanebeanbeaneenebaene from burger bean burgr bean APRIL 14, 2020
wow, this is so heartwarming :)

Nicole from Alabama  JUNE 7, 2019
Never give up. Never give in. Love it

Sadie from Georgia APRIL 28, 2019
Overcoming the odds I'm inspired by her story goodluck.

Anonymous JANUARY 28, 2019
I was crying of happy

Anonymous AUGUST 28, 2018
Wow thats so nice of them to make her a part of the team even though she was paralyzed

abigail JUNE 1, 2018
never give up in your dreams magical very magical

Andrew from Clinton NE MARCH 16, 2018
Amazing video... thanks for making such cool vidos for us to see at school

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