Advice From Amputee Veteran On Moving Forward

Diving With One Leg – Amputee Diving

When I was in college, I started studying history and by my end of my freshman year, I narrowed my focus more in conservation and environmental science. As I made the transition into environmental science, I also began a minor in organismic and evolutionary biology as a secondary field.

I took a course on in invertebrate biology with two wonderful professors at Harvard and the course included a trip to Panama. We went during spring break and I did a lot of reed biology research and snorkeling. On the last day of our trip, we were scheduled to go diving. I’ve never dove before and I was really excited and also a little nervous. However, I went to the class and did a diving exploration and I got hooked. Continue reading “Diving With One Leg – Amputee Diving”

Training for Paralympics – Muji Karim

It never crossed my mind that I wouldn’t be on the 2016 USA Paralympics team.  It honestly never ever crossed my mind at all that it wouldn’t happen.

Everything that I have been known for since my accident is about picking yourself up. After many of my disappointments or not making the cut I’ve made adjustments and got back up. That’s always the next step for me. Continue reading “Training for Paralympics – Muji Karim”

An Open Letter to Veteran Amputees Just Living Their Lives: You Don’t Have to Climb Mt. Everest to be Our Hero

veteran amputee The media loves stories of veterans who take on an enormous goal after being wounded in combat. The spotlight shines brightly on heroic feats such as climbing the world’s tallest mountains, running across a whole state or even the entire country, or competing in the Paralympics. We admit, we love these stories too. These tales, and the warriors within them, are inspirational. They give us something to shoot for; a reason to feel like everything’s going to be okay, and that anything is possible. Continue reading “An Open Letter to Veteran Amputees Just Living Their Lives: You Don’t Have to Climb Mt. Everest to be Our Hero”

Amputee Veteran Trains to Become A Firefighter

I always thought it was a long shot for me to be in the fire department.   There wasn’t many times in my life that I felt pity for myself or felt that I couldn’t do something but in that context of having to put myself socially back into society as well as physically,  I didn’t know how that would work.   That’s when I said,  ‘you’re gonna try this.   I haven’t done anything yet that I haven’t been able to do.  I can do anything that anybody else can do.  I just have to find a different way to do it  sometimes.’  Continue reading “Amputee Veteran Trains to Become A Firefighter”

Summer Camps for Kids with Disabilities

amputee kids summer campIt may be only March when the snow and cold temperatures make fun in the sun seem far away, but registrations are already flowing into area summer camps. If you are a parent of an amputee child, you may have never even considered sending your child to camp. You (naturally) worry about a new environment, new acquaintances, and new challenges away from home. Did you know there special summer camps and summer programs for amputee kids? In addition to exclusive camps for kids with disabilities, there are organizations that provide day or weekend programs and activities, as well as special learning experiences. These camps and organizations do an incredible job of providing inclusive activities for children of all abilities.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best in New England. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Continue reading “Summer Camps for Kids with Disabilities”

Your Child Has Fibular Hemimelia; What Now?

Fibular HemimeliaYou’ve just had your ultrasound, and the doctor delivers the sobering news that your child will be born with a condition called fibular hemimelia. Fibular hemimelia, the shortening or absence of the fibula, one of the two lower leg bones along with the tibia, is a non-genetic condition (when it does not occur with birth defects in other limbs) that leads to limb length differences, foot deformities, and knee ligament problems, among others. If your child has fibular hemimelia, you know you have an important decision to make – should you commit you and your child to a course of treatment designed to lengthen the affected limb, or do you amputate? The question of limb lengthening vs. amputation is critical, not only for your child’s physical, but for their emotional wellness. Do you pursue the final course of amputation or do you try to “save” the affected limb first? Continue reading “Your Child Has Fibular Hemimelia; What Now?”

Leave It on the Ice – Amputee Hockey

Amputee HockeyThere is nothing like the sheer competitiveness and exhilaration of hockey, or being a hockey player. No other sport comes close to it – combining the ease of gliding and lightning-fast passes with the heart-pumping percussion of body checks and slamming against the boards.  Where else would you see fans cheering the sweaty player in the penalty box or raucously sharing in the adrenaline of a gloves-off fight on the ice? No wonder hockey players wear their scars proudly as badges of honor. Once hockey is in your blood, it is there to stay; once a hockey player, always a hockey player. Continue reading “Leave It on the Ice – Amputee Hockey”

Shred It!

Amputee SnowboardingThe exhilaration of carving up a slope, air, shredding – if snowboarding was part of your life before you lost a limb, what now?  What once seemed so natural might now look like a nearly impossible task. How will you keep a prosthetic leg in place while rushing down a hill at over 20 miles an hour? How will your limb difference affect your balance? What if you are a double amputee? There’s good news. Amputee snowboarding is not only possible, you can be as competitive as your drive and ability take you. If you missed this video in our earlier post, check out this amputee snowboarder for some inspiration. Continue reading “Shred It!”

Born with Fibular Hemimelia, Breeanna Has No Limitations

I was born with Fibular Hemimelia and it’s a congenital limb absence. What that means for me is that I was born without a fibula. There are a variety of different manifestations of the congenital limb absence, but for me, what happens is that I have no fibula and I was born with only three toes. Continue reading “Born with Fibular Hemimelia, Breeanna Has No Limitations”