Friday, March 11, 2016
My first "AMP"uversery
Most of the people reading this blog regularly have been touched by amputation in some manner. Either they have an amputation or have a loved one that is either considering it, or recently has had one. I had been looking into what I needed to know about being an amputee for several weeks. It wasn't as hopeless as it sounds. I was scared by some of the statistics that I had read, about phantom pain, the inability to tolerate the prosthesis, or spiralling depression.I had a background in Physical Therapy (30 years ago) and had worked as a physical therapy assistant in the service. I was also a combat medic and had enough knowledge to know that the only way to be successful was to hang a positive face on it and get through it.
@amputeemommy and Adrianne Haslet-Davis @adrianneHD , The wonderful people at Ability Dynamics, the Amputee Coalition and Amplitude Magazine, and so many others that I cannot name them all here. I have joined a community with 2 million brothers and sisters that share a commonality, we are different. I may not have chosen this life willingly but will always feel that I was meant to be here. I am strong and life is good. I am an amputee but that does not define who I have to be, rather it is a tool I can use to connect with others, to show people that having a handicap and being handicapped are not the same thing. The US Marine Corps has a principal that I believe every amputee has to hear and apply to their lives: "Adapt and Overcome"
I will adapt. I will overcome. Will you accompany me on this journey and help inspire people to be all they can be? I hope so.