Autumn Harvest

The first time I stepped outside in my prosthesis, I nearly blew over. I pushed open the glass door of my prosthetist’s office, and a gusty breeze did the rest. “Watch out for the wind!” Prosthetist Tim called after me. It was April 2011, five months after the bicycle accident that left me as an…

Hitting the Road

With Labor Day looming, there’s no escape. Actually, there’s no choice but to escape! On one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, my family is heading to Vermont. This means 8+ hours in my mom’s Honda Pilot, traffic jams on the Tappan Zee Bridge, road food and rest stops, and of course, adjusting…

Art + Science

My all-time favorite holiday gift was an Arts & Crafts kit from my Aunt Candy.  On the outside, it looked like a plain shirt box from Macy’s.  But inside, it shined with hope and promise.  It was filled with sheets of construction paper, brightly colored tape, scraps of fabric, tubes of glitter, magic markers, and…

The Gimpy Chicks

We’re not famous yet, but we draw lots of attention. Heads turn when we enter Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Orlando, Florida.  We’re three attractive women with long hair in blonde and brunette.  Clad in work-out clothes and brightly colored gym shoes, we’re laughing and chattering.  So why do people stare? Today, between us, we…

Chance of Snow

When the first flakes tumble down, I’m as excited as a kid on a sledding hill. “This is great guys!  Isn’t this great?!” It’s early December.  Ian and Dave, trainers from the rehab gym, trudge ahead of me.  With each step, their footprints fill up like little ponds.  They’re heading out to get lunch, 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…

Chills, Spills, and… Earthquake Drills?

This can’t be happening, I thought.  I did NOT suffer through the last nine months to crumble right here, right now, in this shaking school building! It was my first day back at work and my first earthquake.  It was like the punch line to a very BAD joke. With adrenaline (and Genium) pumping, I…