Teamwork makes dream work by Lacey Henderson

This week, I have been on the STRUGGLE BUS and while I am blaming it on my weird Aus-merican sleeping schedule (it’s like, the day is the only time my body wants to sleep) it was also brought to my attention that for the next couple of weeks, Mercury is in retrograde. Now, my knowledge…

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…

Greetings from Down Under by Lacey Henderson

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to travel and see the world. I never had a solid plan of action, but I knew that I was going to make it happen. Fast forward a few years to my college days, studying foreign languages and international studies, I thought I was on the right track…

I Hate Baby Steps!

This is Kevin’s 4th installment read on as he shares the story of his accident and very long road to recovery. Over the next two months during my time at the rehab hospital, I quickly found that the goal I had of walking and continuing in my career as a police officer varied greatly with…

Time For A New Leg. Now What?

It has been six years since I was fit for my C-Legs. It has been a good run (ok walk) but I have seen so many enhancements with micro-processor prosthetic knees – I am beyond curious. As all prosthetic users know there are a lot of options out there, enough to make your head spin….

My Puppy Soul Mate

I really am an animal lover and always have been since I was little.  With that said, I still wouldn’t have expected to be 21 years old, working and attending school full time while learning a new lifestyle as an above knee amputee, and then have the most perfect little dog fall into my life unexpectedly. It was so coincidental…

The $64 bill for toothpaste and my long road to recovery

Following two months of misery and approximately two dozen surgeries, at the end of May 2003 after doctors concluded there was nothing more they could do to get me back to “normal”, I departed the hospital dejected, weak, and depressed and with a $64 bill for toothpaste that I never used; actually, as gross as…

A World Traveler Shares Her Top 5 Tips by Leslie Pitt Schneider

Leslie Pitt Schneider loves to travel and does it frequently for work and for pleasure. Her trips have taken her all over the globe and we asked her to share her top 5 tips with our Momentum readers. Top 5 Travel Tips by Leslie Pitt Schneider Life with limb loss means a life filled with…

A Journey, a Little Reminder and a Lot of Believing

I’ve been talking for the last few years about wanting to take a break in life to be able to attend some type of conference that being an amputee, or being involved in the amputee world, is the common focus of the event.  So when I got the phone call from Ottobock asking me to…

What’s Next?

Army Colonel Greg Gadson sits on a stool in the center of a huge ballroom.  His hefty bionic legs and bulky motorized ankles match his body build.  Colonel Gadson is BIG.  Solid.  Muscular like a bulldog. At this year’s Amputee Coalition National Conference, three hundred amputees are packed together in chairs to hear Colonel Gadson…

After The Accident…

The first time I recall waking up in the hospital after my accident, I was greeted with so many clear tubes and electric monitoring lines that I looked like someone dumped a bowl of spaghetti on my chest.  And I had bandages everywhere, head to toe, along with a neck collar that felt like it…

Full Speed Ahead: My First Day Back on Skates

I like to keep moving. As an amputee, that means putting the pedal to the metal every single day. It drives me into the ground sometimes. My prosthetist Tim says above-knee amputees use at least 60 percent more energy to walk than people with two legs. Imagine if your car used 60 percent more gas,…