Copeland was attending the University of West Georgia when, on May 1, 2012, she fell from a zip line running over the Little Tallapoosa River. Her left leg was gashed and left susceptible to necrotizing fasciitis, which threatened her life and led to amputations of both hands, her left leg and her right foot.
Since then, she's completed master's degrees in humanistic psychology and social work. She's also become an advocate for people with disabilities, and recently posted on Facebook that she's writing a memoir — the proceeds of which "will go toward my dream of creating a nonprofit community growth center for people of all ages and abilities."
Last month, Copeland delivered an inspiring commencement address at Georgia Gwinnett College.