Dani Burt’s (@dani.burt) leg was amputated above the knee after a motorcycle crash in 2004 that lef…

Dani Burt’s (@dani.burt) leg was amputated above the knee after a motorcycle crash in 2004 that left her in a coma for 45 days. She went on to become a doctor of physical therapy and the first-ever women’s World Adaptive Surfing champion — but it wasn’t easy. “One of the biggest things I wish people realized about amputees is that you don’t just go in and get a leg,” she says. “You’re now wearing something that’s not really a part of you, but you have to make it a part of you.”On social media, Dani saw the need for someone to be real about life as an amputee. “I needed to know I wasn’t alone, but that was near impossible to find,” she says. “I have the platform, privilege and responsibility to do that loud and clear. I know what it feels like to be knocked down hard and I hope to make the path I had to travel on a little less bumpy for others.” —Reported by Kassy Cho (@kassy)This March, we’re collaborating with BuzzFeed News reporter and producer Kassy Cho of @world to find and highlight women around the globe who are making an impact in their local community and on Instagram. ❤️ Stay tuned here and on @world to see more. #WCW

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