MPW.68 / 2016 Measured Steps by Linnea Bullion
Photographer
Linnea Bullion Los Angeles, Calif.
Team Eppridge

Story Summary

Carey Portell, 41, has end-stage arthritis in her hips and ankles––the result of a car crash with a drunk driver six years ago. Carey only manages around 3,000 steps per day, and must choose each step carefully before the pain becomes too much.

Despite her constant pain, Carey finds rehabilitation in watching over a 120-head herd of cattle, riding her horse, and taking care of her family of six. She also presents her story to schools, congregations, and other organizations across Missouri.

Although her movement is now limited, Carey makes each step matter.