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Get Up Nation Podcast Episode 36 Guest: Marsha Elle,

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What Up, Get Up Nation? My name is Ben Biddick, the Host of the Get Up Nation Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player and CEO of Lurong Living, Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Marsha Elle. Marsha is a gifted singer-songwriter, speaker, mentor, and model. She was born with a rare birth defect called proximal femoral focal deficiency resulting in the amputation of Marsha’s lower leg. Born in Haiti, she traveled to the United States to receive medical care and received her first prosthesis when she was 5 years old. In response to stares and bullying, she often disguised the prosthesis and didn’t wear shorts until she was 23 years old. Adjustments in her prosthetic during childhood made mobility difficult at times, leading to falls in the school cafeteria. Music became her “release and comfort.” She also attended a summer camp at the age of 16 for teenage amputees. This experience transformed the way she saw her ability and potential. She began to share her music and her journey with others. She defied the idea that there was no room for her in a body-image focused world, removed from her mind defeating perceptions and limits, and now serves as a beacon of light and faith for those who have difficulty with self-acceptance. I can’t wait to explore and share how Marsha transitioned from adversity to what she describes as a “series of triumphs on top of triumphs over time.” From People Magazine to Essence Magazine to the Huffington Post to Jada Pinkett Smith, people are heralding Marsha as an inspiring example of the beauty that happens when we believe in ourselves and refuse to be limited. It was an honor to have Marsha as a guest on the Get Up Nation Podcast! She even shares something during this episode that no one knows about her legendary photo shoot!

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Music: "Awaken" by Ethan Rank, “David’s Song” & “Unlimbted” by Marsha Elle,

and “Lift the Sky” by Jimmy Svensson
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