MAYWOOD, Ill. - Melissa Stockwell, the first female soldier to lose a limb in the Iraq war and a champion paratriathlete, will speak to Loyola University Medical Center's Step Up Amputee Support Group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Stockwell lost her left leg above the knee in a roadside bomb in 2004, and later became the first Iraq veteran chosen for the Paralympics. She has won the Paratriathlon World Championship the last three years in a row.
Stockwell, 32, lives in Chicago, where she is a certified prosthetist and triathlon coach. She will talk about overcoming obstacles, perseverance and living life to the fullest.
"As cheesy as it sounds, I love my life," she said.