Shattered Dreams, Broken Pieces

By Donna R. Walton, EdD

After a diagnosis of cancer and the loss of her left leg above the knee when she was 18, Donna Walton—an aspiring singer, dancer, and actor—was devastated. In time, however, she rallied, regained her confidence and self-esteem, and learned to thrive.

Now the founder of The Divas With Disabilities Project (, Walton, an award-winning public speaker, has achieved unexpected success and plays a leading role in the disability community, especially for black and brown women.

This book describes Walton’s experience over the decades since she faced a life-threatening disease and shows how success can be achieved—and dreams can be realized—even in extremely difficult circumstances.

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