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 unrelenting pain. It was the most agonizing and difficult decision I have ever had to make. In the end I had to take the chance with amputation because I could no longer live with the excruciating pain the leg caused. The amputation freed me from the bondage of my wicked leg, however living with a leg amputation is not easy and comes with a whole host of challenges. In the wake of the amputation, I was fortunate to discover something that completely reversed what could have been the most difficult year of my life: challenging myself through physical fitness. The harder I pushed myself in the gym, the easier it became to accept and handle my daily challenges. I grew into a strong, determined, very capable and confident person. I learned that amputation didn’t have to stop or define my life. In fact, the human body is capable of adapting to physical change and accomplishing incredible things.
The following is a video that highlights what, ironically, has turned out to be a great year and one of many accomplishments. My hope is that I will motivate you to not let fear stop you from achieving what you are capable of. Everything I have accomplished has been the result of a positive attitude, determination, hard work and learning to align my brain with my body.
Please visit my website lifebeyond4limbs.com to learn more about my story or for support in dealing with amputation or leg injury.
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