First Impressions

Seven weeks after my injury, I met my first amputee. I mean VERY FIRST.   Sure, I was already an amputee myself, but I’d never met another one.  If I had racked my brain, I could have probably come up with a few:  a homeless woman outside the post office, the wounded Lieutenant Dan from Forrest…

The New Normal. What’s Normal?

Our guest blogger this week is Neil Hirschey. Neil lost his leg above the knee in 2009 as the result of a motorcycle accident. Neil, a quality manager for a precious metals plating company  lives in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota. Neil is also an amputee peer support volunteer for in-patients at the Courage…

Exercise? No? Pilates? Yes!

Most of my life I have been pretty blessed with the fact that I need to do little, to no exercise, and still continue to stay pretty thin. With that said I always knew that one day my metabolism slow down and feared it might be too late to begin a regimen.  I also quit…

Tricks of the Trade

If you told me all I’d learn as a new amputee, I wouldn’t have believed you.  It would have been like sending a kindergartner straight to Calculus class.   I just didn’t have the tools to succeed.  Now, three years later, I’m a seasoned socket-wearer, a well-trained walker, a balanced biker, and a (somewhat) solid inline…