Stefanie Schaffer

Finds New Roads

Stefanie Schaffer is on a mission. She is committed to taking the hand that was dealt to her, and creating a positive platform to communicate and inspire others through her story and perseverance.

Stefanie's Story

At age 22, Stefanie Shaffer and her family headed to the Bahamas for what they thought was going to be a fun, relaxing vacation. But things took a turn for the worst when their tour boat engine exploded, injuring nine people and killing one. Stefanie was one of the nine injured on that day. Her injuries included broken bones and internal bleeding, but the worst damage was to her legs, which had to be amputated.

Stefanie has gone through several surgeries, months of rehab, and learning to walk again. She has made tremendous strides, and although the road ahead is still a long one, Stefanie remains driven.

#StefFindsNewRoads #StefStrong 

Back Behind the Wheel

Updates From the Road

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  • Between medical appointments, physical therapy and everything else going on we’re on the go all day every day. I’m always switching between water and coffee in my to go cup ☕️ probably going to need a couple extra cups of coffee today 😂 #recovery #onthego #steffindsnewroads
  • Decided to run away to Maine for a couple days just to relax and sit by the ocean...one day we were walking around Portland when a stranger waved to me. I figured it was just the usual smile and wave you get from other fellow amputees, but then she came up to us and knew exactly who I was. This woman is someone I’ve never met, but she had been following my story, and cheering me on from a distance since day 1 💛

I’ve felt the love and support everyday in my home town community and from all the people in my life, but it always amazes me when I see it in new places too. Shows me how good people really are, and what a small 🌎 it is we live in #amputeelife #thankful #steffindsnewroads
  • I’m appreciating every day so much more after getting through the recovery of yet another surgery. The good days feel so much sweeter when they come after a few bad days. This surgery may have given me a couple of challenging weeks but I know that it will give me years of less pain, easier walking, and a more comfortable #prosthesis 
What’s kept my spirits up?? Staying active! I’ve been biking, swimming, and doing physical therapy. I love getting outside on the bike, feeling free when I’m in the pool, and feeling strong in physical therapy 💪🏻 Next up on my to do list: kayaking and #adaptive water skiing!! ... how does everyone else stay active and keep their spirits up?

#adaptivesports #adaptivelife #adaptivelyabledamputees #recovery
  • It’s been a wild year, everyone. Of course, I wish June 30, 2018, had been a normal day for me, but it wasn’t. I've learned more than I could have ever imagined this past year. I’ve screamed, I’ve cried, I’ve given up – but I’ve always gotten back up.
I've learned that everything gets better in time. Work hard. Be kind. Be good. Be humble. Love yourself for you. 💗💪 To get a glimpse into my journey, check out my most recent blog post. Link in bio! ✍️👆 ⁣⁣
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  • You can plan surgery and feel prepared for it or it can be unexpected, but either way the recovery is always harder than we can imagine. I went into this last surgery with a good attitude, ready to get it done, recover, and be back better than ever. But the reality is that recovery is full of unexpected twists and turns, feelings of frustration and sadness. Not all days are good days. What I’ve found that helps me is having support from family and friends and an amazing community around me. Gotta keep your head held high and know that these hard days won’t last forever. I’m anxious to be healed and get back to being active but I do love all this quality time with my big guy Oliver 💗 thank you to everyone who has helped my family and I through this hard time it’s so appreciated #community #recovery #strength
  • 🎥 Check out the latest news coverage from last week's Drive-In Celebration 🚗 🎉

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made the day so amazing! Another step forward to finding new roads! 
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  • Great day spent with the @chevynorthcountry dealers yesterday! Was able to catch up with the dealers and show off my new driving skills in the Equinox! 🚘⁣👍🏼⁣
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  • Hi Everyone! Meet my pup Ollie 🐶 My official shotgun rider 🚘 ⁣⁣
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  • Back To Basics!👩‍💻 Part of my recovery is re-learning how to drive. It's exciting but also difficult. 📢 Shoutout to @chevynorthcountry for helping with this opportunity to gain my independence back.⁣
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Read about my driving lesson experiences! Link in bio ✍️
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  • Yesterday was an amazing day. I took my first drive in my new Chevy Equinox! I'm excited to back back behind the wheel 🚘 Thank you again to the @chevynorthcountry for helping me gain this independence... more to come! 😉 ⁣⁣ -⁣⁣
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  • Back at Spaulding for a week of inpatient therapy.. but at least I get to enjoy this view 🥰 
I’ve gotten to trial some exciting pieces of equipment this week (bionic legs/ankles/leg braces and other cool things) all in hopes of getting me back on my feet! After exhausting physical therapy sessions, I can sit here and imagine the day that my dreams of being able to run around this boardwalk finally becomes reality 🏃🏼‍♀️ .
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  • April is a special month for me and many others. It's National Limb Loss Awareness Month 🧡 
Check out my new blog article to see what this month means to me! ✍️👆 ⁣⁣
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  • Hi everyone! As I start my new journey with the #northcountrychevydealers, I'm starting a writing journey, too, through blog posts! 💻✍️
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Stefanie has inspired each of us with her perseverance and positive attitude, and we know Stefanie will ultimately inspire and help many others overcome their own adversities. Our goal is to help her spread this gift and share her story to inspire others as she continues to thrive in her recovery.

The Dealers

888-269-0561
7504 US Route 9 South
Elizabethtown, NY 12932
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65 Windcrest Road
Rutland, VT 05701
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888-270-3327
25 Pond Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
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888-270-0891
57 Missisquoi Street
Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
champlainchevy.com

888-269-6592
364 River Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
codychevrolet.com

802-382-2200
510 US-7
Middlebury, VT 05753
deneckerchevrolet.com

888-269-2204
551 East Main Street
Malone, NY 12953
ellischevrolet.com

888-269-1681
699 Highgate Road
St. Albans, VT 05478
handychevy.com

888-273-2476
4847 Main Street
Manchester, VT 05255
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851 Meadow Street
Littleton, NH 03561
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320 John Stark Highway
Newport, NH 03773
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622 State Route 11
Champlain, NY 12919
parkercountry.com

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1675 Shelburne Road
South Burlington, VT 05403
shearervt.com

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10 Railroad Street
Wells River, VT 05081
wellsriverchevy.com

888-349-0894
32 Key Auto Drive
White River Junction, VT 05001
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