Taylor Blackwell | Director of Patient Care & Amputee
A highly energetic and eager young man with dreams and aspirations of joining the military. He enrolled in the US Navy ROTC program at the age of 14 at Fletcher High School in Jacksonville Florida. There he was granted a great opportunity in meeting active duty service men and women to further indulge his appetit for a military career. Shortly after, Taylor attended Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Florida where he excelled his studies and was an active member of the Panther Football Team. He graduated in 2005 and had been working as a chef at Doc’s Restaurant Downtown Orlando.
He loves watersports and enjoyed a very active lifestyle with his friends and family. These hobbies also piqued his interests in researching a possible modeling career. Being a motorcycle enthusiast, he also became an active member of the American Bikers Aiming Towards Education of Florida – an advocacy group focused on promoting safe motorcycling.
On June 11th, 2006 Taylor’s life would be changed forever. A driver in a sport utility vehicle suddenly changed lanes and slammed into the then 18 year old and his motorcycle. The impact ripped off his right arm instantly and crushed his left leg, which later had to be amputated. Taylor’s friends riding in a car behind him witnessed the horrific accident as it unfolded. They turned his long sleeve shirt into a tourniquet to staunch the bleeding and ultimately bought enough time until the ambulance arrived. He was wearing a helmet and suffered no brain damage, but Taylor spent more than two months in the hospital, undergoing fourteen surgeries.
Even as a double amputee, it seems the only thing Taylor can’t do is feel sorry for himself. Since the accident, Taylor has devoted himself to training for various track and field events thanks to support from other amputee athletes, foundations, his friends, family and fans. Taylor’s goal is to compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics as a track athlete, and aspires to race time and time again.
There is one thing I have learned over my life time is that you can’t give up on yourself or your dreams. The adversity and trials of life and how you deal with them make you who you are and what you will become. To quote the immortal words of Friedrich Nietzsche, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Accomplishing your dreams is all about taking the Next Step!
Sean, it was really nice meeting you yesterday. Last night was the best nights sleep I've had in a long time. I only woke up twice instead of many times in order to adjust the other shrinker. I am looking forward to working with you and your team.
Wow! Aren’t you and Ian just wonderful! Thank you so much for your hard work and caring for our patients today. You have made a bit difference to their lives just by sharing your expertise today.
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"Thank you so much for the video. This is Trevor Pegg, David Pegg's son. We were able to have a family dinner together Christmas day and he he walked into my mom's house on his own two feet. Thank you so much for your hard work."
"Fantastic work, thanks so very much. It means so much to him and he's had nothing but high praise for his relationship with his prosthetic team."
"This company is amazing! They have gone above and beyond in making cervical braces for my 15 month old. Their customer service is amazing. We love Mike Norell, he is dedicated to his craft. It's because of his dedication that Abby is walking just a couple months after having her cervical spine fused. Great Company!"
"Norell Prosthetics has provided me with a leg prosthesis that I have now worn for over two years. I am pleased with the professional and pleasant manner of the staff. Many thanks to you all."
"Norell offers an extensive product line and friendly service. Susan was very helpful and she took the time to ensure fit of the prosthesis. Thanks!!!"
"Susan was very easy to work with. She made my experience at Norell a very positive one. I highly recommend her expertise."
"Susan, A few words of thanks. You have made me feel so comfortable over the years while being fitted. I left your office again today knowing I looked my best thanks to your expertise, humor and warmth a pleasant experience."
"After my chemo sessions were over, my insurance company sent me to a prosthetic company, here in the Bay Area, to fit for a right breast prosthetic and bras. I arrived at the office and they made me feel as if I was wasting their time. Leaving that office, I felt like it was my fault that I had breast cancer. No compassion at all.
The next time I was due for new bras, I had a different insurance. After looking online for the closest prosthetic company, praying to God it wasn't the first place I went to, I came upon Norell Prosthetics in Mountain View, CA! And OH MY GAWD.....what a difference it was from the first place I went to!! The whole staff at Norell was so friendly, so understanding and fun! Their products were by far more fashionable, comfortable and modern. They make you feel so welcome and don't let you leave until you are totally satisfied!
I am back to my original insurance but I refuse to go to the "cold" office and I am paying out of pocket, but it is well worth it!"
" Taylor I just wanted to thank you so very much for everything you did for Geordie today. I haven't seen him this uplifted in weeks. Thanks so much for the practical advice. It is so good for him to talk to a peer. You sure are suited to your job!"