Spring Grove man shares survival story on stage

A York County man is sharing his story of survival on the stage.

“You look at yourself and think ‘my life is probably just about over,’ ” said Paul Miller, a quadruple amputee from Spring Grove.

During the 2013 Super Bowl, Miller became ill with streptococcus pneumonia. He was in a coma for 60 days and had only a five percent chance of surviving.

“Every doctor there told my wife I was going to die,” he said.

But he beat the odds. Today, Miller is the same person, only he’s missing a few parts.

“You go in public, you are stared at and looked at,” he said.

“I don’t know that I would be able to have the attitude he has, because it’s very hard for him to do things, but he does it,” his wife Shelly Miller said.

He doesn’t complain.

“I promised myself and God that I would do anything that he asked me to do to inspire people,” Miller said.

That’s when he met Cindy Strawbridge. She’s a playwright, and her play “Don’t Judge a Soul by its Suit” is telling people’s stories.

“He kind of just fit the mold of somebody that I’m sure has experienced judgement throughout his life, and I wanted to incorporate him in the play,” Strawbridge said.

And Miller’s story has only begun.

“I have cried a lot of tears thinking about things I couldn’t do anymore like hold hands with my wife and walk on the beach, but I have conquered with God’s great help every obstacle put in front of me,” he said.

Friday’s show is sold out, but you can get tickets to Saturday’s 7 p.m. show at Academy Logos on 250 W. King Street in York. Call 717-968-6011 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Destined2BeProductions/965046393521159?sk=photos_stream.

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