The territory of the unknown is one often accompanied by fear. This was the case for Kelley and Steve, when at 20 weeks into their pregnancy, they learned that there was an issue with their baby; its lower right leg had not developed correctly. The baby’s femur, the bone above the knee, was where the limb ended.
This unexpected news was difficult to process at first. They worried for the future of their child. How were they going to prepare for this? What questions did they need to ask? Suddenly, Kelley and Steve were thrown into a world they knew little about: the world of limb-loss and limb-difference.
As a prosthetist, there are constantly new products coming out that I have to evaluate and decide if this is better or different in any way. I get somewhat amused at the names that manufactures call their feet – the Panthera, the Triton, the Truper, the Renegade, Elation… A new one that I recently encountered is called the “Game Changer.”
Being perceived as a strong and independent woman is something I have always clung to as very important in my life, even when I was a child. I don’t know if it’s something inherent or something I acquired as a kid growing up with a disability, but regardless of the genesis, it’s something I recognize in myself. Asking for help has historically been tough for me because I’ve always thought that if I ask for help it’s a sign of weakness, and that tarnishes my self-perception of being strong and independent.
Ironic then, that I’ve chosen triathlon as my sport of choice. Perhaps it doesn’t immediately make sense that triathlon would force me to let go of my above-described view of myself, but let me explain . . .
LIM359 members traveled 2 hours into the mountains west of Denver for horseback riding on August 22.
Thank you to everyone who came out for Hopfest on June 14th! We had a fantastic time and hope you did too! Extra special thanks to Coda Brewing Co., Fante Eye and Face Centre, Bulow Orthotic & Prosthetic Solutions/Creative Technology Prosthetics, PH7 Collective, Wheelchair Getaways of CO, and Dr. Howard Belon!
Join LIM359 at Coda Brewing Company on June 14th from 1-5 pm to celebrate our 2nd annual Hopfest fundraiser, benefiting LIM359. We are 100% volunteer-based, so all funds raised go towards supporting the activities we host for our members! Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door if we have tickets remaining. Please note that space is limited to 100 people and we anticipate selling out prior to the day of the event.
Expect more delicious food like that pictured below from Hopfest 2014!
Please see below message from Chris at Adaptive Adventures
We want you to join our dragonboat community! You can expect many great days of progressive growth, strategy, fitness and fun within this team. With the many new faces and seats available, we will experience a great new frontier for adaptive dragon boating, which we’re leading throughout the country. Learn More and Sign-up NOW
Calling all LIM359′ ers! Ever wanted to share a little bit more about yourself with other members? Well, there is still time for you to become the focus of this month’s LIM359 member bio.
Since it’s your story, you decide what to say. It could be a story of particular significance, or maybe just your picture and a few lines about you. Either way, it’s quick and easy, and it just might turn out to be your connection with some wonderful new friends.
So far, this project has been a great success (check out Paul’s story here), so let’s keep the ball rolling! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email and phone number, and I will take it from there. I look forward to hearing from you soon!