WHAT I’VE LEARNT

We in­tro­duced Vic­to­ria Mil­li­gan to Good House­keep­ing writer Ella Dove, 26, who lost her leg last year af­ter she fell badly while run­ning. Here’s what Vic­to­ria told her...

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LEARN TO LOVE YOUR­SELF.

There’s no right or wrong time to think about love again, but you need to be in a good place men­tally. If you don’t love your­self first, how can you ex­pect any­one else to?

DON’T POUR YOUR HEART OUT STRAIGHT AWAY.

A first date is meant to be fun, so en­joy the other per­son’s com­pany with­out feel­ing like you have to ex­plain your life story im­me­di­ately. I don’t ever men­tion that I’m an am­putee un­til at least the sec­ond date.

TRY NOT TO FEAR RE­JEC­TION.

As the say­ing goes, you may have to kiss a lot of frogs be­fore you find your prince. There are a lot of shal­low, in­se­cure men out there, but there are also a lot of kind ones. Don’t worry if things don’t work out – no date is a waste of time, and you’ll al­ways learn some­thing for the next one.

RE­MEM­BER, YOU ARE STILL YOU.

Your trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ence doesn’t de­fine who you are or what you’ve got to of­fer the world. What hap­pened to us is aw­ful and tragic, but it doesn’t have to stop us liv­ing full and ful­fill­ing lives, and it shouldn’t stop us fall­ing in love.

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