Such a tragedy would be more than most of us could take.
Yet she says her life is "full of blessings."
TheBlaze reported last week that Copeland, 24, who has been getting used to her new life since the zip-lining accident last summer, is getting a little help from a new pair of prosthetic hands, becoming the first woman in the world with both upper limbs amputated to use iLimb technology, according to WXIA-TV.
Through it all, she says the secret is "focusing on the small stuff" and being thankful for what she has.
Check out the inspiring report below via CNN: