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April Is Limb Loss Awareness Month!
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Preliminary Conference Program Updated!
Check out our Web site for a peek at the updated program for the Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference.
Once again, our Conference will feature the following sessions/clinics:
Additionally, we are proud to offer exciting sessions on the following topics:
We are still working hard to finalize the Conference program. Additional sessions may be added, so check back for additional updates and information about this exciting event.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn from leading experts in amputee care and rehabilitation. Register today for the Amputee Coalition 2015 National Conference, July 23–25 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Arizona. Be a part of the only event in the country where being an amputee is the norm, not the exception.
Calling all Lim359 members! My name is Rich Moreno, and I’ve been an official member of Lim359 since last December. I am a writer by trade and am offering my services to our group. My goal is to write brief bios of Lim359 members for posting on the group’s blog.
Because I am so new to the group, I do not know many of my fellow members yet, though I’d like to. Do you feel the same way? If so, I invite you to introduce yourself by sharing your unique story with us here on this blog. What’s more, you can also learn more about other members by reading their stories. Adding your picture would be great, too!
The best thing about it? It’s easy! Just email your contact information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may set up a block of time to speak by phone. You choose what to tell me, and what picture you’d like to use, and I’ll take it from there. You’ll never need to leave your home/office and nothing we discuss will be posted without your approval first. Even better, there is no right or wrong way to do it!
To give you an idea of what I mean, I have posted my own bio below. So, without further adieu, here’s a little bit more about me:
Colorado has been my home for almost 25 years, nearly half my life. My own experience with limb loss began in August, 2012, when I was involved in an all-too-common bicycle/car accident; A distracted driver pulled his car out in front of me and completely surprised me. In the crash, I sustained nerve damage severe enough to cause complete and indefinite loss of use of my left arm.
After a little over two years with no progress, I’d had enough of dragging around the equivalent of a sack of potatoes from my injured shoulder. Further, it delayed my body’s healing process in general, so I decided to have the arm amputated at the elbow. Thankfully, I’d already had some time to physically adapt and to emotionally prepare for life with one arm; it made my transition considerably easier.
I am grateful for the new lease on life I’ve been given, and for the many people I’ve met and continue to meet along the way. This, of course, includes all the new friends I’ve made at Lim359, plus those I’ve yet to meet. From what I’ve seen, Lim359 members are in good company together. Hoping to hear from you soon!
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!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for dinner on March 20th! We had a great time!
This past weekend I attended a conference called PEP. The conference is designed to provide support, information, and education for parents who have children with disabilities. I don’t have kids, but I was invited to attend as a professional who works with children who have disabilities. Although I attended in my role as a professional, I left the conference realizing how much I had gained personally as well.
A very impactful part of the conference were the small group sessions where about 10-12 of us got together and talked about the sessions we had attended and other concerns parents had regarding their children. These sessions were extremely interesting to me because I’m not a parent of a child with a disability, but I WAS that child with a disability. I was born with fibular hemimelia and had my leg amputated at age 2, so it was really interesting for me to think about the questions and fears the parents had and then apply them to my own life. It definitely caused me to do a lot of reflecting and is what lead me to share this story.
One of the issues we ended up talking about was being teased for being different. This topic really made me stop and think because I can only remember 1 time when I was made fun of because of my prosthetic leg. Some of the parents talked about how their child was not really picked on because they were in a small school and their child had always gone to school with the same kids who knew them, but I lived in 3 different states and attended 4 different school districts, so that couldn’t have been it for me. So what was it? Why was I so lucky to avoid the teasing when I was obviously an easy target?
I have to attribute a lot of it to my amazing mother. She never made me feel like my birth defect, amputation, or prosthetic leg were bad things or something I should hide. Just as importantly, she didn’t ignore any of it either. She never made me feel like it was a taboo subject that we shouldn’t talk about. Instead, she was open about it and made me feel comfortable talking to her, and others, about it. She acknowledged that it made me different than my peers, but she made it seem like the difference was a good thing, something that made me special and unique.
Looking back as an adult, I contribute my positive self-esteem as a child and young adult to my mom’s attitude towards my “disability.” She didn’t deny that it was a very real part of my life, but looked for ways to make it a positive thing. She let me take risks (like climbing trees) and didn’t tell me I couldn’t do something because I was missing a leg. Because of this, I saw my disability not as something that made me broken or deformed or less deserving of love than my peers, but instead saw it the way my mom saw it – as something that made me unique and beautiful and special.
Thank you, mom, for giving me the power to take control of how I’m seen by myself and the rest of the world.
Learn more about Emily here.