I'd like to start this week by sharing the incredible story of Aimee Copeland. The 24-year old Georgian suffered the wrath of a horrible flesh-eating virus while hanging out with friends at the Tallapoosa River. She lost her leg and suffered severe damage to her abdomen and kidneys. Doctors told her parents that she wouldn't live through the night. And yet, against all odds, she managed to survive, and now it appears that she is on her way to an amazing recovery. The story can be found at CNN.com.
"We're going to celebrate that day forever for the rest of your life," Andy Copeland told his daughter as she lay heavily medicated in an Augusta, Georgia, hospital bed. "It's the day that my daughter was delivered from this horrible, horrible disease."
Alright, let's get one thing out of the way. This girl only made it onto the home page of CNN because she’s hot. That said, it's a tragic and heartwarming story. I hope that she's able to recover as thoroughly and quickly as possible. There's very little positive that can be found in a story like this. However, let me offer one silver lining. For the rest of Aimee’s life, no one will be able to complain in front of her ever again. Some day, one of Aimee's friends will be whining about her relationship troubles, and Aimee will be able to say, "Yeah, that reminds me of this one time, when I got a flesh-eating bacteria that took my leg and left me unable to breathe for weeks. But please, tell me again about that confusing text message you got." And from that point on, everyone in Aimee's life will have to keep all of their petty grievances to themselves. We should all be so lucky.
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