Only You Define You

In the secret and mysterious world of amputees, we contend with an entire dictionary of labels and names that we struggle to identify with.  There are the more polite names such as disabled, handicapped, physically challenged, and impaired which are all used in circles that include white-collared professions such as doctors, psychologists, therapist, lawyers, and…

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…

How My Life and Career Path Changed

Prior to my injuries in 2007 I was working as a Regional Manager of an information technology and engineering consulting group. My role was to oversee the sales, recruiting, administrative and payroll functionality of this fast paced full service firm in downtown Minneapolis.  The organization fulfilled project requirements of our clients by lining up our…

My Career Never Defined Who I Am

Even after becoming a one-legged feller on the 4th day, 6th hour, 12th minute and 26th second of October 2005, not that any of us knows or thinks about that exact moment, I still find it somewhat scary just how incredibly fast events in our life can change for the better, or worse.  Of course,…

Finding My Career Path

Growing up, the age old question was always, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For me I never really had a solid answer but rather several that continued to change as time went on. I never thought about having to consider being someone with limb loss, and all the things that…

Kevin: Member of the Missing Limb Club – My Year in Review

As we approach the end of another year as a member of the exclusive Missing-limb Club, I wanted to reflect back on the past eleven months in order to laugh at my shortfalls, rant about my real falls and plan for the upcoming bloopers, AKA falls in front of people I don’t know Yes, because…

Patience vs. Frustration

Patience is a virtue. You will learn patience. Patience is key. These are all  phrases I have heard my whole life, but when it comes to limb loss, patience really is a must learn. I always thought that as my limb lost volume (shrinks) it would be easier and easier to fit a socket, but…

Part II: Barb & Carl Making Prosthetics History

November is National Caregiver’s Month and we asked Barb Caspers to share her 50 year journey living with her husband Carl, who lost his leg below the knee in an accident when they were both in high school. Barb continues her story with Part II.  Here is Barb’s story in her own words. Scott and Cori…

Part I: Barb & Carl a 50 year love story

November is National Caregiver’s Month and we asked Barb Caspers to share her 50 year journey living with her husband Carl, who lost his leg below the knee in an accident when they were both in high school. Barb will share her story in 3 parts in her own words. Hello all, My name is…

Lt Col (Ret) Andrew Lourake Shares His Story

In 2004, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Andrew Lourake became the first above the knee amputee to pilot an aircraft within the Department of Defense.  His historic accomplishment took place after he made the decision to amputate his leg after losing use of it due to an infection related to surgery to repair a fracture. Determined to…

A Modern Renaissance Woman – Meet Ali

Ali is a modern Renaissance woman who hasn’t slowed down since she lost her leg above the knee in a boating accident in 2009. She coaches, teaches and competes in power lifting. She feeds her creative side through her art, and relaxes outdoors with her fiancé Noah and her dog. Ottobock’s Director of Marketing Communication,…

To Be or Not to Be…

When I drive into a parking lot, these are the thoughts that go through my mind: How crowded is it?  How windy is it?  How does my leg feel?  How many packages will I need to carry?  Is the slope uphill or downhill?  Is it likely to rain?  How crazy are the other drivers? In…