Life or Limb: The Heroic Story of Mike Merrigan

It’s amazing how quickly life can change. On Oct 7, 2018, Mike Merrigan’s world changed when he was in a horrific accident that ultimately cost him his leg. Seven surgeries and 3-years later, Mike shares his story publicly for the first time right here on the IMPACT Show podcast. It’s a story of perseverance, positivity, resilience, “getting your mind right,” and a Never Give-Up attitude. It truly is an inspiring story that will remind you that MINDSET MATTERS, even when faced with the biggest, most challenging adversities in life.

On today’s show, you will hear:

  • How one step changed Mike’s life in October 2018.
  • Faith and Family and how he got through this incredibly challenging time.
  • Life or Limb? You would probably choose the same one Mike chose also!
  • Why Austin Powers’ ID was in Mike’s wallet.
  • Mindset after learning he lost his leg.
  • The Power of Words – A poster the Durkin Family made for Mike the day after his accident.
  • Seven surgeries to get back on his feet.
  • How lucky he was; it could have been a lot worse.
  • Mike shares what’s next: a book, screenplay, and drummer in a band.

You don’t know how strong you are until strong is all you have left!

Please listen in and be sure to share this inspiring episode with your family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers. It will help THEM live their best life and never give up also!

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More on the episode:

 5:17 – The weekend of October 7th, 2018 that changed Mike’s life.
“I need to see my family just one more time and tell them I love them.”

13:25 – The family came together during the 7-hour surgery to help save Mike’s life.
50/50 chance of survival…Life over Limb decision.

17:55 – Mike’s Mindset when he heard he lost his leg.
“I guess I’ll be eating at IHOP!!!”

19:54- The Power of Words…the poster that was given to Mike from the Durkin Family.
You don’t know how strong you are until strong is all you have left!

28:09 – The 7 surgeries it took to get Mike on his feet again.
The army of people behind me

30:01 – Mike, did you ever feel like giving up?
Life is so worth living…Never Give Up!

33:11 – How faith played a role in Mike’s recovery.

  • Father died when Mike was just 12 and he lost faith
  • I made peace with God when my mother passed away in December 2017

38:15 – What’s next for Mike?

  • Family & Friends
  • Book
  • Screenplay
  • Start playing the drums again
  • Help people that have lost limbs

41:11 – What Mike does to stay in shape.
Lift, Swim, and Bike ride

43:40 – Final thoughts.
Never Give Up!    

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