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July 2016
IMG_0988_215 Things I Have Learned Since Becoming A Leg Amputee
Some days the leg slips right on without a catch, while other days it take several tries to get it right. I have to factor in time to put on my leg as part of morning routine. Hopping has become … Read More →

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May 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 10.58.30 AMWhy I Do What I Do
Eight years ago I woke up each morning, swung my two healthy legs off the side of the bed and began my day. I didn’t give having two legs or walking a thought; I was just living my life like … Read More →

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March 2016

IMG_1200Achieving Normal Life
What is normal life? I am not sure anyone could really answer that question, and if they could it would mean many different things to many different people. For seven years I suffered unimaginable pain, endured 7 leg surgeries, wore … Read More →

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February 2016

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 5.53.16 PMAll In The Day Of An Amputee
Statements that only a leg amputee would say. I was discussing the process of learning to walk with my prosthetic leg and talking about how I would not be able to wear it all day at first. I say: “I … Read More →

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January 2016

challengeChange Your Life By Setting Goals
Forget New Year’s resolutions – set SMART goals for yourself instead. Ever since I can remember, December 31st through the first weeks of January all you hear about is New Year’s resolutions. My New Year’s resolution is … What’s yours? … Read More →

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November 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-14 at 5.13.53 PMOne-Legged Personal Trainer
I am super excited to begin a new chapter of my life. Tomorrow, I will start my new job as a personal trainer. The gym that I belong to, which has been a huge part of my life for the … Read More →

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November 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-07 at 4.38.08 PMThe Jury Is In On My Foot!
“Left foot, Left foot, Left foot, Right… In the house, and on the street how many, many feet you meet. Up in the air feet, Over a chair feet. More and more feet Twenty-four feet Here come more and more………….. … Read More →

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October 2015

IMG_0840“Don’t Leave Home Without It”
Two tubes of cream, a couple extra socks and several sheets of paper towels. “Don’t leave home without it.” The messy side of wearing a prosthesis. No complaints, the prosthetic has certainly improved my life. I can’t deny that being … Read More →

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September 2015

photo 1One-Year Anniversary
One year ago today, I began my journey as an amputee. I chose to amputate my lower left leg after six years of unsuccessful surgeries and relenting pain. It was the most agonizing and difficult decision I have ever had … Read More →

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September 2015

on ringsMy “Hard Knocks” Amputee Advice
The following are the six things that I attribute to my success in quickly becoming a confident, active and fully independent single-leg amputee. Each of the five recommendations can be adjusted to fit any lifestyle the individual amputee wants. You … Read More →

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August 2015

IMG_0769The Agony of Defeat
For the first time since becoming an amputee I have felt defeat. After planning and waiting three months for my definitive leg, I didn’t even wear it for twenty-four hours before it caused stump troubles. That’s right – the prosthetic … Read More →

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August 2015

Crawling Under Barbed Wire

Crawling Under Barbed Wire

No Limits- No Excuses
“This will not only be my first time competing in the Warrior Dash, but I will also be competing as a recent amputee. I am going to crawl through mud, climb, hop and roll through 12 obstacles along a 3.2-mile … Read More →

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July 2015

my footPurchasing a Left Foot
“You have BRAINS in your head. You have FEET in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any Direction you choose” ~Dr. Seuss In our lifetime we make many important high-ticket purchases. Many of them we spend weeks, months, even … Read More →

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July 2015

Enjoy the little thingsSimple Pleasures
A walk in the park on a crisp fall day, tossing a ball with your kids in the backyard, or running through the rain. These are the simple pleasures we have in life that we enjoy every day but don’t … Read More →

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June 2015

tireflip profileThe Power of The Challenge
I live a very good active life. Not by accident though; I made it this way. Challenging myself physically has not only given me confidence, but has made my necessary daily activities easier. Whether I am leaping onto a 24” … Read More →

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June 2015

mudWhat’s a St. Jude Warrior?
This has been a milestone weekend. I accomplished another physical goal as a lower leg amputee, eight months post surgery. The milestone was successfully completing the 28-mile route of the Tour de Cure bike ride. On to the next physical … Read More →

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May 2015

bikeIt’s Just Like Riding A Bike
How many times have you heard or used the expression, “Just like riding a bike”? This expression refers to any skill that, once learned, you will never forget. While I have found this expression to be accurate, I have also … Read More →

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April 2015

file4091249322948Ten Life Lessons I Have Learned In Becoming an Amputee
The following are ten lessons I have learned in my journey of becoming an amputee. You don’t need to be an amputee to follow these valuable lessons. 1. Determination goes a long way. We live so much of our lives … Read More →

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April 2015

limb loss awarenessApril is Limb Loss Awareness Month
Limb Loss Awareness Month is a month dedicated to: Providing support for amputees and caregivers Educating the limb loss community Raising public awareness about amputation Teaching about amputation prevention Advocating for the limb loss community The loss of a … Read More →

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March 2015

six months 32415Six Month Post-Amputation
The results of the amputation have far exceeded my expectations. Six months of positive attitude, determination and hard work have had a huge payoff. The amputation took care of the debilitating painful leg and the prosthesis gave me a new … Read More →

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March 2015

walt-disney-world-239144_1280Keeping the Magic In Disney
“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” Walt Disney If you know me or have been following my story on my blog, you’ll … Read More →

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March 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-09 at 11.35.30 AMHow To Find Your Exercise High
What does a one-legged man do at the gym? Anything he wants. Five months post leg amputation and I am in the best state of mind and physical shape that I have been in for a very long time. I … Read More

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February 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 4.08.49 PMDetermination-Skiing As An Amputee
A little over four months ago I entered the operating room to have my lower left leg amputated. I left the operation minus a left leg, but with the determination to get my life back. I wanted to relieve myself … Read More →

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February 2015

blog-327070_1280What Blogging Can Do!
I recently read a blog post by Paula Reed Nancarrow, titled 2014: The Year Blogging Refused to Die. In the post she discusses the history of blogs, why people blog and why many blogs have died out. At the end … Read More →

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January 2015

IMG_0613_2How To Make A DIY Faux Leg

I am not ashamed or embarrassed that my lower left leg is missing, so why would I want to disguise my prosthetic leg with a cover made of Styrofoam and pantyhose? From the very first time amputating my leg became … Read More →

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January 2015

TRX oblique crunchJust Because I Can! Can You?
“I wasn’t waiting for the prosthetic leg to resume my life, I was out living it.” My view is very different than … Read More →

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December 2014

IMG_1043Don we now our leg… A walk through of my Prosthetic Leg!
Don we now our leg, fa la la la la, la la la la. Today, Santa delivered my temporary leg just in time for Christmas. Well, not really Santa, but my wonderful prosthetist Brain, who measured, fitted and built my … Read More →

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 December 2014

prosthtic leg collageIs The Magic In The Leg or The Attitude?
Last week I ran into a friend who I hadn’t seen since before the amputation. Her response to me was: “Darryl, I can’t believe how freely you are moving, I can tell in your movement, face and demeanor that a … Read More →

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November 2014

Illustration of a Thanksgiving turkey holding a blank board signHow Being Thankful Can Make Life Easier
For the past seven weeks, I have experienced life as a one-legged man. While I have spent years using crutches, of which plenty of that time was non-weight bearing, none of it quite compares to having the leg missing. Needless … Read More →

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2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 2.18.00 PMPhantom Pain
Five weeks ago I had my lower left leg amputated. A strange and interesting phenomenon is that I still feel a strong force pushing my left foot backwards. The feeling is so real and so strong that it cannot be … Read More →

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October 2014

photo 1Waking Up An Amputee
My eyes opened. In a bubble above me I see the silhouettes of nurses looking down at me, telling me to go back to sleep. I doze off, then I come to again. I don’t feel anything from my waist … Read More →

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September 2014

Archie sitting in his chair!

Archie sitting in his chair!

The Archie Bunker Chair -Making Recovery More Comfortable!
For those of you too young to know about Archie Bunker’s Chair, it was a major part of the 1970’s sitcom “All in the Family”. The television show ran from January 1971 to April 1979 and was the #1 TV … Read More →

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September 2014

Funny Doctor And PatientWhy We Need A Sense of Humor
“Above all else, go with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lip is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” ~Hugh Sidney … Read More →

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August 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-16 at 7.25.43 PMCould You Choose Amputation?

In coming to terms with accepting and living with my disability I have said to my therapist many times, “I just want the normal problems in life.” Facing the decision of whether or not to amputate a leg definitely doesn’t … Read More →

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August 2014

file0001329931577How Disability Impacts Your Family

Becoming a disabled parent means that your disability becomes a family affair. It is not only you the disability affects – it impacts your spouse and children as well. In a sense your disability becomes your family’s disability. While discussing … Read More →

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July 2014

previewHow Volunteering Saved Me!
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson While dropping my daughter off to do some volunteering at a carnival our temple was hosting, I learned … Read More →

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July 2014

Crutch tip + Business card = Fall

Crutch tip + Business card = Fall

Office Crutch Hazards 101

“There are hazards in anything one does but there are greater hazards in doing nothing.”
- Shirley Williams Hazards are everywhere! As a full-time crutch user, I have learned to navigate my world depending on two rubber soles the size … Read More →

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June 2014

file000249654403Being Happy Overrated!
“Being a positive person is not about ‘being happy’ all the time. It’s about finding the bright spots in situations.” ~ Unknown Social media is overloaded with all kinds of quotes on being positive and being happy. These quotes are … Read More →

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June 2014

pasted-image-20Crutch Talk Etiquette
The familiar and tiresome conversation. The other day as I was heading to the parking garage elevators, a man getting on ahead of me noticed I was heading that way and kindly held the doors so I could make that … Read More →

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June 2014

IMG_0584Exercise and Disability 

Let me begin by saying that there are a vast amount of disabilities out there and I am by no means an expert on disabilities. I do, however know that people suffering from many disabling conditions can achieve exercise of … Read More →

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May 2014

My crutches 10 seconds after sitting down at the Ice Cream Shope.

My crutches 10 seconds after sitting down at the Ice Cream Shope.

Just Don’t Trip On My Crutches!
It’s funny how something so useful can cause so many problems. From the very first time I used a pair of crutches I have constantly found myself faced with the dilemma of what to do with them when they are … Read More →

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Apr 20

yard003A Change in Perspective
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines ‘perspective’ as “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.” I have found that a change in perspective can be the difference between accepting a circumstance and not accepting it. It is … Read More →

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Apr06

IMG_0357_2Ten Ways to Carry Things When Using Crutches to Walk

  Crutches do the job they are made for very well.  They are essentially a way to extend your arms’ reach to the ground assisting you with walking.  The problem is, your hands are needed to hold on to the … Read More →

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legsTaking Our Legs for Granted

“It’s not the disability that defines you; it’s how you deal with the challenges the disability presents you with.” –Jim Abbott- We don’t realize the value of our legs until we can no longer use one.  Most of my life … Read More →

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Mar09

imagesTeaching The Way A Child Learns

  This picture of Michael J. Fox appeared on my Facebook news feed sometime over the past few weeks.   For me it was a sad reminder that I no longer teach.  This quote was the hallmark of how I taught, … Read More →

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Feb23

IMG_0337Playing In The Snow

The best way to combat the winter blues is to get out and enjoy the snow.  The best way to overcome a disability is to stop dwelling on what you can’t do and focus on what you can do. So … Read More →

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Feb09

imagesParalympics and Misconceptions of Disability

Once again the Olympic Games are upon us.  For 16 days the Olympics will be on the world stage, so we can turn on our TVs and see the footage all day long.  Like many other families, my family will … Read More →

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Jan26

How Skiing Shaped My Life Part 2

Four tracking

Four tracking

If you missed part one  How Skiing Shaped My Life – Part 1 In 1992 I married my wonderful wife who, without skiing, I most likely would have never met.  She went from the worse ski lesson I had ever … Read More →

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How Skiing Shaped My Life – Part 1

“Skiing – the art of catching a cold and going broke while rapidly heading nowhere at great personal risk.” (Henry Beard & Roy McKie) I love this definition of skiing, but in my case it couldn’t be farther from the … Read More →

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Give The Gift of Mobility

Posted on January 3, 2014 by Darryl

The picture above is worth a thousand words.  Look at the condition of those crutches these amputees are using.  Anyone who has ever had to use a pair of crutches even temporarily knows how difficult and exhausting it can be … Read More →

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Finding the Correct Mindset/Attitude

Posted on December 15, 2013 by Darryl

thumbs up“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton These are indeed excellent words to live by.  A poor attitude will disable you and isolate you from life.  Adapting a positive attitude is essential, but not always … Read More →

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Chronic Pain an Invisible Disability

freeimages.co.uk medical imagesIn a recent blog about disability being the costume that you wear, I discussed the visibility of a disability.  The costume is an analogy  which people can visibly see when they look  you.  The crutches, wheelchairs, braces or walkers easily … Read More →

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IMG_0144I am very fortunate that my disability doesn’t prohibit me from using any bathroom available.  A port-a-potty included.  Even on the days I can’t bear any weight down on my left foot, I am able to enter any bathroom and … Read More →

 

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Wearing Your Disability Costume

Posted on October 29, 2013

file3821237209018Halloween, the time of year when people all around the country are busy planning their elaborate costumes.  Wearing a costume is an opportunity to dress up like someone else.  A costume is also used as a way to get noticed.  … Read More →

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Handicap Parking

Posted on October 15, 2013

eretI am not under the assumption that just because I have a disability I should get special treatment, so when I enter a parking lot I scan the available spaces and then decide whether I feel I need the handicap … Read More →

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“Life is Good”

CaptureeeJob hunting is dismal enough in this job market when you are a 48-year-old man who uses crutches to walk.  A few weeks ago, while sitting in the lobby of a large company during a hiring open house, a woman … Read More →

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The payoff for Hard Work and Determination

Last week, I doubted whether a good attitude and hard work had really paid off.   After receiving the news that one job that had my name all over it was given to someone else, it was difficult for me to … Read More →

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Lesson Learned!

I leaned the old lesson from Aesop’s Fable “The Milkmaid and Her Pail”:  “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch” last week. In my plight to regain my life I needed to find a way to successfully obtain employment.  One … Read More →

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Crutches

Posted on July 10, 2013 by Darryl

Since ancient times, man has carved staffs out of wood to walk while suffering from leg injuries. Today, these staffs, called crutches, are constructed of wood or aluminum, and make walking possible when you have an injured or unusable leg. … Read More →