Bishop discusses his experiences with amputation and rehabilitation

When dealing with sickness or disease, it can be hard to grasp that we are not alone in that experience. A feeling of isolation often accompanies sickness, and this is one of the factors that make it so meaningful when public figures speak openly about similar experiences. Bishop David M. O’Connell, of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, is one such public figure.

It is not necessary to be religious to hear what O’Connell has to say. After years of pain as a result of his diabetes, O’Connell made the decision to have his leg amputated below the knee. O’Connell met with Zoe Romanowsky of Aleteaia.org to discuss his experience.

Reflecting on his situation in the video below, O’Connell states, “Life is a mystery, and it unfolds, and you don’t know how it’s going to unfold. The only thing you really can control is how you respond to life’s situations, good and bad.” O’Connell’s faith has been a great asset in dealing with the surgery and the ensuing rehabilitation process. It seems that he stresses the idea that finding something you believe in to anchor you can be a great help in such a situation. Above all, O’Connell is working to reach out to and encourage others going through similar diseases.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.