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Meet Megan Absten #PowerfulWomanProfile


#PowerfulWomenProfile features strong, powerful women that inspire.

I remember the first time I met Megan. She is gorgeous, stands with conviction and speaks with confidence. I noticed her energy before I noticed that she was missing an arm, which made her even more interesting.

We struck up a conversation and I instantly wanted her on the blog.  A month later we got to meet over dinner and she confirmed what I already knew. 

Megan is a strong, powerful woman and absolutely inspiring. 

At dinner Megan tells me how she "lived her life in reverse."  She used to be a total rebel... a bad kid (her own words) from the minute she was born. As a baby the neighbors threatened to call Child Services thinking that her parents abused her when she was just tough to handle, and was kicking and screaming all the time. At age 12 she was sneaking out of the house to meet with older high school kids and sneaking alcohol out of her parents fridge. She was going down an exhilarating slope fast, until a day in 2009 brought it all to a halt when a horrible quad accident meant she would now have to identify as an amputee.

She tells me all this with laughter, because that's just who she is.

Six years later, after years of recovery and enrolling herself into a boarding school Megan spent her 21st birthday at a quiet dinner with her family, absolutely content. 

Megan is now a pro athlete. On the track team for team USA in the Paralympics and a role model for many. 

Megan does NOT take herself, her life, and her circumstance seriously and at the same time she ABSOLUTELY does. 

She understands that in life there are two types of people. Those that let their trauma run them and those that accept their trauma for what it is and rise to the occasion.

In this particular case, Megan took her trauma and ran with it... literally. (get it?) 

Read below to get to know Megan! 

14 QUESTIONS WITH MEGAN ABSTEN

Name/Nickname: Megan/ Megs

DOB and Sign: March 7, 1995, Pisces

If you could share a cup of coffee with anyone who would it be and why?
I always respond to this question with “an older version of myself” because I think that is who would give me the best personal insight.

What makes you feel good inside and out?
Being surrounded by happy people, and laughter.

What is THE ultimate quote you live your life by if you could only choose one (explain)?
Everything happens for a reason. This quote is what has kept me sane over the years, when I’m going through something difficult I always remind myself that it’s just part of my plan, and something good will come out of it.

If you were stranded on an secluded Island and could only bring one item what would it be and why?
A giant roll of floss, because good dental hygiene is important and also I feel like floss could be used as a resourceful survival tool also!

Tell us about a challenging time in your life:
When I lost my arm in 2009 in an ATV accident, I really couldn’t see the other side. I didn’t know how I was going to live the rest of my life one-handed. I felt trapped and I felt like my options for what I was going to be able to do with my life were cut in half. There were many times where I would self-harm, and I spent almost 6 months contemplating suicide. But when nobody came to my rescue, I realized I had to be my own savior.

If someone is going through the same thing right now what would you tell them?
If anyone is feeling similar to how I felt after losing my arm because of the situation they’re in or an experience they had. I would tell them to do their best everyday to love and take care of their body, mind and spirit. You can’t help others before you help yourself. Believing in and loving yourself does a lot more than people think, it’s life-changing.

What is the most exciting thing you've done in your life so far?
I went to Doha, the capital of Qatar for a World Championships track meet. Experiencing Middle-Eastern culture and representing Team USA as part of the Paralympic Team was one of the most exciting things I've ever been a part of.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you?
A lot of people look at me and will assume I’m the one who needs help, but only my closest friends and family know that I really enjoy helping others. After my running career is over I want to become a teacher for special needs children.

What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
popcorn, chocolate, wine & netflix! (Oh sorry, did you ask for just one??)

Something you wish people knew about struggle?
Struggle builds strength. Bad times don’t last, and when you make it out on the other side, it can feel almost victorious.

Through your personal tragedy what was the biggest lesson you've learned?
That you and only YOU have direct control over your own destiny, what you put into something is proportional to what you get out of it… (i.e LIFE)

What do you see for yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years I will hopefully have attended my second Paralympic Games, I would like to be travelling to different schools around the country and speaking to kids about fighting adversity and beating the odds. Also I intend to be studying journalism and working on an autobiography.

 

To follow Megan and her journey you can follow her on instagram


2 comments


  • Glen Ellis

    I am so proud of you Megan. Your story inspires and encourages me.


  • Donna Bridgman

    Megan,

    Great article! So proud of you and your accomplishments!!

    Love,

    Bridgmans


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