DUNWOODY, Ga. -- During a Sunday morning speech at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Becky Springer talked about living a full life after the amputations of her hands and feet five years ago.
"I've learned to fight the good fight, because the rewards are so worth it," Springer told the congregation during Laity Sunday services. "Life can be really hard, but it's so worth living."
Springer, 45, became very sick very suddenly just after Valentine's Day in 2008.
She was diagnosed with Haemophilus Influenzae Type B, known as Hib. Doctors still have no idea how she contracted the rare disease.
She told the congregation she was "wracked with disease" and "almost dead" at the time after going into septic shock.
She was still unconscious when her hands and feet had to be amputated.
Today, she uses prosthetic legs but found prosthetic hands too difficult to maneuver.
"One of the most difficult things I've ever had to do in my life is learn how to walk, again," Springer said during her speech on Sunday.
During Sunday's service, she encouraged the congregation to "fight the good fight" when making tough situations or decisions in their lives.
Springer spent three months in ICU and went through 11 surgeries, including a kidney transplant in 2011.
Her kidney donor, Amy Otto, introduced Springer to the congregation on Sunday morning.
"I now know why God gave me two kidneys," Otto said as she described Springer as the "keeper of my other kidney."
"She's the strongest person I know," Otto said of Springer. "She is a true Christian."
Springer is married with three daughters: Ashley, 14, Mary Catherine, 12, and Gretchen, 7.
During an interview in May of 2012, Springer told11Alive's Jennifer Leslie, "It's very difficult to talk about this situation without bringing God into it. He gave me the peace in my heart that I had and still have about the situation."