Katrina DuMond looks forward to the afternoons when school gets out. She loves when her family is all together. But first things first when they get home, “Homework!” she orders. Katrina and her husband work hard to give all their kids special attention. When there are seven children it is not always easy. “It's like a circus without the tent… the best way can describe it." Between afternoon snacks and studying, Katrina has her hands full! However, the 25-year-old embraces the chaos of life, because more than 10 years ago she almost lost hers.
“I just remember everything going black and then I woke up two weeks later." When Katrina was 14 years old, she was involved in an accident she will never forget. "Something ran out in front of our car. When my brother hit the brakes, half the vehicle stopped and the other half didn't and so we spun into a light pole." Although she is thankful she did not lose her life, Katrina did lose her leg. It was amputated after the crash. She has relied mostly on a wheelchair since, but it hasn't slowed her down. “Nope. If I can't do it from the chair, I'll just get up and hop,” she laughs. Humor has helped, too. "I used to have a shirt that said Leg Story: $10!” Katrina's positive attitude helps her live life to the fullest every single day.She is proof of what is possible, as opposed to what is not. Not long after losing her leg, she even competed in a pageant. "I just told myself I belong here, too. Why not?" She also went to school to become a medical assistant.
As she nears the 11 year anniversary of the accident, Katrina says she never questions, why me? but her kids have. “My daughter, Cadence, it hits her the hardest. She's the one that's like, 'I wish I could give you my leg.'" But soon Katrina will get her own leg. Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics of Nevada is in the process of fitting her for an artificial leg. “I'm excited!” she says about being able to walk again. It may take time to re-learn to walk, but Katrina views it as just another opportunity to teach her kids about the power of perseverance and not giving up. “No, never, never.”