Personal Experience: How Other People See Prosthetics

Some people think that I get “special privileges” for being physically disabled. Back in high school, several exemplary students were chosen and given the opportunity to meet with UC advisors. These students were told that they were on the right track to go to a UC. There was one parent who went and complained to…

Moving with Special Needs

Moving with kids…hard. Moving with special needs kids…very hard. Moving with two special needs kids while your husband is military…extraordinarily hard…but also amazing at the same time. I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’ve ever had to move you know what a time-consuming, emotionally draining process this is. You have to cancel the internet, and cable,…

Problems with Fitting

I was incredibly thankful for finally getting new prosthetic legs. I ended up receiving them around December of 2014. Months after DOR gave me the authorization for prosthetic legs, I obtained coverage under both MediCal and MediCare. Unfortunately, my problems did not stop there. I was having several issues with my new prosthetic legs. I…

Limb Loss Awareness: Very Aware!

My name is Mike Coulter. I’m 49, married to my wife Karen. We have two beautiful teenage girls who keep us busy as taxi drivers…sorry, I mean parents! I stand before you today as a veteran of the amputee world. My life changing story began nearly 23 years ago, while as a food processing operator…

Message Sent

Earlier today, I went to the hair salon. I was very pleased with the end result. So when I got home, I decided take snap a few selfies. I decided to put on one of the new lipsticks I recently purchased, just to add a bit of color to my face and play up on…

The Struggle for Coverage

Over the past few years since I entered adulthood, I have endured great hardship obtaining coverage for my prosthetic legs. I was a patient at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children throughout my childhood. Since this hospital is a nonprofit organization, my amputation, prosthetic legs, and prosthetic needs were always covered. I loved this hospital because…

Changes and Daily Life with My C-Brace

This blog post is Part 4 of a multi-part series about Dustin’s experience with the Ottobock C-Brace. For more information about C-Brace technology, visit our site, or sign up for a free C-Brace evaluation. I went to work the first time with my brace, I had been telling everyone about for such a long time. I…

There She Grows

As summer comes to a close, I’ve been thinking what this year’s theme is. It’s been a relatively quiet one for me. No fancy vacations, late night parties, road trips with friends,and certainly no steamy romance. I found myself longing for those things a bit as I scrolled through my social media. On the other…

Growing Up My Way

My name is Marina, and I was born with bilateral lower extremity abnormalities. Doctors informed my parents that I had to have an amputation within a certain amount of time. The other option was to keep my legs – but I would have to sit in a wheelchair all my life. My parents decided on…

The Day I Got My C-Brace

This blog post is Part 3 of a multi-part series about Dustin’s experience with the Ottobock C-Brace. For more information about C-Brace technology, visit our site, or sign up for a free C-Brace evaluation. The day rolled around that I was supposed to get my brace. I was excited, to say the least. I was more like…

When Accessible Is Anything But…

E 180th st Train Station in the Bronx A few weeks ago, I was supposed to take a trip to the New York Botanical Garden with some friends. After a paratransit mix up on my part, we decided to see if there was an accessible mass transit route. One of the suggested stops on the…

The Next Step: Getting Fitted for the C-Brace

A week or so later I had an appointment to try an adjustable C-Brace. This is when I met Liz who works for Ottobock. She is really great at her job. She explained the ins and outs of the C-Brace.