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In this episode, we meet Brian Reynolds, a world record-holding runner, who also happens to be a double, below-the-knee, amputee. He shares his lifelong experiences growing up and overcoming. Sadly, Brian was born with a condition that made him very susceptible to illness. At just four years old he came down with meningitis, an infection that’s taken many lives. As a result of his illness, he woke up in the hospital without his legs. However, Brian isn’t the type of person to dwell on that and the sadness that could rightfully overtake and debilitate a person. To the contrary, he assures and inspires us how he is lucky that this is all he lost.

He didn’t always have an easy time of being proud in his own skin. As a young boy, he heard another child make a negative comment about his “legs” and instantly put on full length pants. It wasn’t until after college when he finally took the pants off and put on a pair of shorts. He shares with us how liberating an experience it was for him. Not long after, Brian began to run. It wasn’t a comfortable experience at first but he found joy in it and he discusses how discomfort helps teach us to push through the pain for the things we love.

We learn from Brian the power of inner strength and his personal hurdles to becoming an amputee runner, that we might not have never thought of or imagined. Brian is clearly not satisfied with just being. He’s all about pushing himself to see what he can accomplish next. While we may choose to not be as hard on ourselves as Brian demonstrates of himself to the world, we can learn volumes from his mental and inner strengths. Brian is not just an inspiration to people with physical or mental disability, but to everyone who is alive.


Connect with Brian: Instagram: @brianreynoldsrunner


Topics Discussed:

  • Overcoming childhood shame
  • What it means to be an amputee-runner
  • Pushing past obstacles to achieve your goals



  • “That’s when I finally realized, nobody gives a damn what I look like, it was my own mentality that was holding me back.” @brianreynoldsrunner #HopetoRecharge
  • “For me I’m grateful every single day that I can go out and run, because I spent so long thinking I couldn’t. So every day I get to put on my running prosthetics and head out that door, head to the treadmill, it always makes me smile.” @brianreynoldsrunner #HopetoRecharge
  • “And it’s such a big lesson in life, especially with mental illness, bring some humor into it when it’s so dark.” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge
  • “I hope my audience takes from this that when you see an obstacle in your journey, whatever it is, don’t tell yourself you can’t overcome it, try, research, and take the pants off just like Brian, and try it out, it might be your road to freedom!” @MatanaJacobs #HopetoRecharge


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