Upcoming minor surgery

A lot has happened since I last posted on here, both good and bad. Thankfully, I’ve finally gotten accustomed to my C-legs. I’m also off the crutches. I even got my prosthesis cosmetically covered (foam). I feel happy with my current prosthetic legs, as well as more confident walking in them. Now… the bad news….

They are just clothes, right?

I’m sitting in James’ room and slowly going through piles of clothes to donate to a friend who is due with a little boy. My husband and I decided we are done having kids. I’m happy to help her and donate clothes that don’t fit either of my kids any longer so they may be used…

8 Prosthetic fitting tips

Prosthetics 411 In developing educational materials for lower limb prosthesis users, we’ve saved some of the most helpful information we’ve received from our bloggers, prosthetists and others so that we can put it here on the Momentum blog. This post should not be considered as a substitute for medical, legal or financial advice from a…

Prosthetic socket fit and alignment

Prosthetics 411 In developing educational materials for lower limb prosthesis users, we’ve saved some of the most helpful information we’ve received from our bloggers, prosthetists and others so that we can put it here on the Momentum blog. This post should not be considered as a substitute for medical, legal or financial advice from a qualified…

What to expect during the fitting process

Prosthetics 411 In developing educational materials for lower limb prosthesis users, we’ve saved some of the most helpful information we’ve received from our bloggers, prosthetists and others so that we can put it here on the Momentum blog. This post should not be considered as a substitute for medical, legal or financial advice from a…

Tell Your Story

In September, I spoke at Stanford University’s 2014 Medicine X conference. Why would an amputee be speaking at a medical conference? Even better, why would an amputee be speaking at a medical conference whose tag line is: “The Intersection of Medicine and Emerging Technologies”? I was on that stage was for the purpose of education. When the…

Snowboarding Foot vs. Walking Foot

Meet Keith, he discovered snowboarding in 2000 and ever since has had a love for the sport like no other. In June of 2005, Keith was in a severe industrial accident that led to the amputation of his left foot. By the 2010–2011 season, Keith was not only back to snowboarding, but competing professionally and standing on podiums across…

The C-Brace and Clothing

When it comes to clothing, for the most part you will see me wearing shorts when I’m out and about. It is a rare occasion that you will ever see me wearing any kind of long pants (I’m just not that guy), but I do sometimes when the occasion calls for it. It was brought…

Decide to be Great

As we are bombarded by the media with stories about success, riches and the fortunes of others, it is natural for us as humans to look at the people in those fairy tales, compare them with our own lives and try to find the advantages those folks have over us.  No, it’s not something most…

My New X3 Super Equalizer

This past Friday, although admittedly at the time not as excited as some other amputees, I finally received the Bugatti of all microprocessor knees on the market. The coveted and long-awaited, high-tech, super-durable, military-grade, butt-kicking Ottobock X3 knee. And let me tell you, after wearing this jewel of technological advances over the weekend, the only…

Understand that most people WON’T understand. Understand?

This past week I was talking with coworkers about my amputation and how almost dying, at least for me, was a blessing and a curse.  It was a blessing because it caused me, in the most abrupt and violent way, to be shaken to the core which forced me to slow down and smell the…

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…