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Podcast #225: Finding Strength Through Disability

Quillette editor and podcast host Iona Italia talks with speaker, DJ, and quadruple amputee Tom Nash about his new book, ‘Hook, Line, and Sinner.’

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Podcast #225: Finding Strength Through Disability
The Extraordinary Life of Tom Nash
“The deep end is the best place to learn to swim.”

At the age of 19, Tom Nash contracted meningococcal disease. This life-threatening condition caused severe septicaemia, necessitating the amputation of both his legs below the knee and both arms through the elbow, and left him with severe tissue damage and scarring over large parts of his body and face.

Following a two-year period of painful treatments, Nash rebuilt his life: first, by learning to walk on prosthetic legs and use metal hooks instead of hands; and then, by forging a career as first a DJ and event manager and then an international keynote speaker.

His life story is a testament to the human capacity for creative adaptability, and it’s told with irreverent and occasionally savage humour.

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