The story of a recent VCU graduate who lost all four of her limbs from an infection after relatively minor surgery. As engaging and inspiring as the story is, the story *behind* the story is just as good. Author and photographer Matt Mendelsohn published this on the Sports Shooter website, of all places, a sort of online watering hole for sport photographers. He'd been writing the piece on spec for an unnamed major daily, but they ended up rejecting it as "too depressing." (And it's really not.) With a bit of developmental editing, this certainly could have run in the Times Magazine or VQR. Also, would somebody get this girl a service dog? It would change her life.