*On August 23, 2013, Keisha Green found herself trapped on the side of the highway, her car completely demolished after crossing four lanes and crashing into a guardrail. Her cousin lay in the rear of the vehicle with a broken collarbone after being ejected from her seat, and as Green reached back to assist, she found that she could not move.
To her shock and amazement, her left leg was on top of the steering wheel, completely severed from her body. Her right leg was pinned between the car and was impaled by the guardrail. The only way out was for emergency personnel to apply the “jaws of life” and use a torch to burn through the metal and free her. It was like a gruesome scene from a horror movie, and as crazy as it sounds, it was also the day Green’s life truly began.
A native of Syracuse, NY and a resident of Atlanta, Green is a single mother of three boys, an entrepreneur, life coach, empowerment speaker, author and an amputee known as the “Legless Diva.” She often says that God made the decision to only share half of her, because the world wouldn’t be able to handle all of her. She is fierce and ambitious, and refuses to be seen as a victim. Therefore, she urges others not to feel sorry for themselves, but instead to learn how to turn their trials into testimonies and their adversity into advantages. Her motto is “the mind is stronger than any inability,” and that paradigm has landed her on numerous platforms including Steve Harvey’s daytime talk show.
“One of my gifts is encouraging women and encouraging people in general,” Green said. “Just helping them to understand that they are chosen for what is going on in their life in spite of what they are going through. I ask God to speak through me so I can speak life and power into their situations, using my testimony as an encouragement tool for them.”
Green speaks across the country at empowerment conferences, churches, schools and programs for amputees and individuals who are wheelchair bound. She has a life strategy speaking series entitled “Ticket to Transformation.” It is described as an intense adventure into life expansion and mental, spiritual and financial growth. She is also the author of the book “Falling to Stand,” which shares her story of how she lost her legs, but through that, began to truly live and “walk in her purpose” as someone who was destined to touch lives all over the world.
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Green reflects on the state of many people in her community and feels that too often they lack accountability and make excuses for their circumstances. As someone without legs who continues to defeat the odds, “can’t” is not a word that she acknowledges.
“I want people to know that although we may run into obstacles, we can get through them,” she said. “When you think about our history, there were so many people that have been brought through that they forget our struggle. They forget we are strong. They forget the fight in us. We’ve gotta fight and press through.There is not anything that can come against us that we don’t have the strength in our minds to get through.”
As Green’s platform continues to grow, she intends to elevate the discouraged and unmotivated into a new level of consciousness. Much of her days now are spent receiving calls from scared, insecure and broken women who are searching for relief from their realities. Her consulting starts with helping them to change their mindsets and understand that God makes no mistakes.
“I’m convinced God’s vision for me was to make me the hottest thing not walking,” she said. “I am taller than ever before because I touch the world I touch nations. I want others to feel that they can do anything too.”