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01/27/2012 09:06 am ET | Updated Mar 28, 2012

Cyndi Desjardins, Mom Who Lost 4 Limbs To Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Raises Funds And Awareness

Cyndi Desjardins awoke from a four-week coma to find that she had lost her arms and legs, but not her fighting spirit.

After contracting a rare flesh-eating disease, the Canadian mother of two had her limbs amputated to stop the disease from spreading, CTV.ca reports. But instead of feeling limited, Desjardins took the opportunity to inspire others through her motivational speaking and to support her own cause by raising funds to buy myoelectric prosthetics arms.

"I have learned I am a fighter," Desjardins told the news source. "I will not take 'no' for an answer. And I have two beautiful children to get up for in the morning and a husband that stands by my side. Why wouldn't I wake up in the morning happy?"

Her upbeat attitude has earned her support across borders and media channels.

In October, Desjardins and her family appeared on the "Anderson Cooper Show", and her blog , which she initially started as an outlet to vent her emotions, has become a platform for people to support her, YorkRegion.com reports

"I've been overwhelmed by the incredible embracing of our story by local associations, businesses, trainers and supportive friends and family," she told YorkRegion.com. "I have lived moment to moment, enjoying every second, because I know it can be snatched away so quickly."

To support Desjardins and her recovery, click here.

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