"I am a firm believer in never giving up on hope and for fighting for what you want in life." -- Sarah Anderson
Date of Birth:
November 6, 1980
T10 ASIA C Spinal Cord Injury-Incomplete
Date of Injury:
June 30, 2003
Traveling, being in the sun, the NFL, muscle cars, reading gossip magazines, spending time with my family & friends, hanging out at the lake, waterskiing, going to the theater, watching movies, playing old school video games, any equestrian related sport, going to museums, black & white photography, four wheeling, fishing, and anything that will make me laugh!
“I am literally, without a doubt, the most stubborn and feisty individual on this planet! It’s definitely one of my faults, but at the same time it’s what makes me the strong willed and ambitious person that I am. When people tell me that I can’t do something or that I should just give up, it’s my stubborn will and tenacity that push me to keep on going. I am a firm believer in never giving up on hope and for fighting for what you want in life. Like George Bernard Shaw once said, “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.””
I grew up surrounded by horses and agriculture. My mom trained race horses, so I spent my entire youth at the stables. I learned from a young age the value and importance of hard work. My love for horses and agriculture continued on into my early adulthood, so after high school I attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where I majored in Animal Science. I had finally reached a point in life where I was truly pursuing my dreams, but then things suddenly changed.
After four amazing years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo I decided to make a quick trip home for the weekend to visit my mom and to see the brand new baby foal that my mare had just given birth to. It was that warm summer weekend that my life was forever altered.
On my way out to the ranch to see my horses I was struck by a drunk driver and was paralyzed from the waist down. The next thing that I remembered was waking up in ICU where the doctor promptly informed me that I was paralyzed and that not only would I never walk again, but that my personal independence that I had cherished so much was forever going to be a thing of the past…
eLEGS test pilot Sarah Anderson takes her first steps with the assistance of Darrell Musick PT and Adam Zoss, Senior Engineer
My doctor had no idea who he was dealing with when he met me! That good old stubbornness of mine kicked into full drive and every day, no matter how down or depressed I was feeling, I refused to let anyone tell me what I couldn’t do with my future. I worked my butt off every day in physical and occupational therapy. With that mindset and an immense amount of hard work I was able to regain my independence and make a new life for myself.
Taking my first steps in eLEGS
Words cannot even begin to describe what it was like for me when I took my very first steps in eLEGS. It was just so surreal that I had to literally pinch myself to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. I was definitely amazed at what I was able to accomplish in one short session with eLEGS. I went from the girl that hadn’t walked in almost eight years, to the girl that was strutting her stuff in eLEGS with a big giant smile on her face. I am so grateful to the team at Berkeley Bionics for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dreams of walking again.