The lower part of Kirsty Mason’s right arm was amputated following the accident at Wokingham railway station when she was 18.
She had been on her way to work when she blacked out on the platform and fell in front of an oncoming train.
As well having an arm amputated, she also needed hip pinning, leaving her in a wheelchair for more than three months.
She has since defeated depression and unemployment and now aged 24, she is proving an inspiration to others living at Raymond Crescent Supported Living Service.
Kirsty, formerly of Mill Green, in Bracknell, said: “After my accident, despite losing my arm I knew how lucky I was to still be alive. At the time, deep down I knew they would have to take my arm but part of me was hoping for a miracle that they could save it.
“Despite the extent of my injuries, I was not going to let the accident keep me in hospital over Christmas and with sign-off from my physiotherapist. I was out within three weeks.
“I found doing normal day- to-day things without my right arm really difficult.
“Things I used to take for granted like writing or doing my hair now became a struggle and I started to become depressed.
“It wasn’t until I realised how much I had overcome that I realised I could get through this and help other people.
“Teaching myself to perform everyday tasks with only my left arm wasn’t easy and sometimes I really struggled but with help from friends and family everything started to get easier over time.
“I can now write with my left hand, cook and even plait my own hair.”
Raymond Crescent in Guildford – which comprises five bedrooms and other communal areas – encourages people with physical difficulties to be independent while still offering them support.
Having taught herself new skills, Kirsty is now using her experiences to help other people with disabilities to overcome the challenges of daily life.
She has taught several other residents to prepare a range of home-cooked meals and encouraged another to persevere with a cooking course. She said: “Working at Raymond Crescent has definitely changed my life.
“I love working and caring for others and knowing that my accident inspires people to try new things and overcome challenges really makes everything I worked for worthwhile.”