If you have recently experienced the loss of a limb, it can be difficult to envision yourself and what your life will look like in a month, or a year, or even tomorrow. You know there are incredible amputee athletes out there pushing the limits of human endurance – climbing mountains, sprinting, or competing with thousands of elite athletes in the Paralympics. Perhaps those stories inspire you; maybe they’re just hard to relate to. Most of us are not world-class athletes or driven to pursue extreme athletic accomplishments. Continue reading “Celebrating the Milestones – Dancing, Walking, and Running for the First Time”
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”
Can you believe we’re already well into another new year? Seems like they fly by in a blink! 2016 was another exciting year here at Next Step. Here’s a roundup of some of our most popular posts and client success stories from the past 12 months. We can’t wait to see what you all accomplish in 2017.
Amputees can have the best Halloween costumes.
It’s that time of year for crazy, funny, scary, satirical, peculiar, and magical. You can be anything but yourself on Halloween. There is still time left to come up with the perfect costume, and we’ve seen some of the best on amputees that might inspire you.
Paralympian Josh Sundquist is a tremendous athlete, but you probably know him best for the epic costumes he creates. His Halloween disguises go viral every year because he comes up with amazingly creative ideas to dress up in ways only a person with one leg can.
First, there was the gingerbread man, with a “bite” taken out.
Today marks the 20th anniversary for Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, Inc. I want to personally thank our patients, employees, referral sources, consultants, friends and family for the support and loyalty we have been so blessed to receive. I take great pride in knowing our organization has made a positive difference in the lives of people who have had amputations.
From the bottom of my heart I want to say “thanks” to each and everyone one of you.
Can you believe we’re already well into another new year? Seems like they fly by in a blink! 2015 was another exciting year here at Next Step, here’s a roundup of some of our most popular posts and client success stories from the year.
Next Step client Andrew Hale competed in the 2015 X-Games! Update on Andrew: he is currently in the hospital with serious injuries following a snowboarding accident. Please keep Andrew in your thoughts, and visit his GoFundme page to donate and get updates on his progress.
Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics recently nominated Sergeant Peter Connell for the prestigious “Heroes Among Us” Award. Presented by the Mass State lottery, this honor recognizes individuals who, “through their unique commitment and humanitarian spirit, have made exceptional and lasting contributions to our community.” Sgt. Connell was saluted at a special in-game ceremony during a Boston Celtics basketball home game.Sergeant Peter Connell accepting the “Heroes Among Us” Award.
Sgt. Connell served in Vietnam from January 1968 to January 1969. A few months after returning to the U.S., while working in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was involved in an Army Jeep accident and lost his leg. Since then, Connell, who lives in Quincy, has been a caring peer, an active instructor, and a hero to many wounded veterans in New England who go through amputations. Connell is a Certified Peer Visitor by the Amputee Coalition of America. He currently works in the VA hospital system in Boston which includes facilities in Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Brockton, meeting with patients and sharing his experiences about using prosthetic devices. He helps physical therapists when an amputee veteran is learning to walk. He has also been a part-time strength trainer with the local YMCA since 2004.
Our clients see us in our offices, helping amputees and managing the daily operations of the business. They watch us perform exams, do fittings, and work in the lab to perfect a socket or add a custom design to a prosthesis. They also know we communicate with insurance providers to ensure coverage of necessary equipment and services.
Behind the Scenes in Politics
What they likely don’t see is all of the work we do behind the scenes to support our clients’ rights and opportunities. Luckily, being a New Hampshire business means being based where the ‘first in the nation’ primary elections are also held. Here, we have the unique opportunity to host the tours of interested political candidates each election season. This gives us an opportunity to speak to them very frankly about the needs of amputees and veterans.
We show politicians and dignitaries the work we do as the best prosthetics company in New England. We also make sure they understand the many issues that our clients experience with insurance providers, government oversight of insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, and the VA.
We look for pretty much any excuse to have a bit of fun in the office. Here’s a sneak peak at how Next Step does Valentine’s Day in our Manchester NH, Warwick RI, and Newton, MA offices.
2014 was quite a year at Next Step: we had a chance to share in some of our clients’ major accomplishments, achieved a milestone 9 years in the making with the launch of the Luke Arm, created new partnerships with organizations that support amputees, veterans, and their families, and continued to expand our reach to help the people we work with exceed their own goals.
As we look ahead to 2015 and beyond, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on this past year. If you’d like to share your own personal achievements with our community, please post photos and descriptions to our Facebook page.