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Paul Deines has been an enthusiastic, 50-something member of LIM359 for the past year. He has been living with with limb loss since 2011 when, after stepping on a nail, infection swept through his foot. In just over a month, Paul lost first a toe, then his foot, and finally his leg due to the infection that ensued.
However, very little keeps Paul from creating, pursuing, and accomplishing his personal and professional goals. For example, he has made a career of expressing his creative side through his lifelong passion for photography. See bluedolphinfotography.smugmug.com/ for more thought-provoking samples.
Paul spends considerable time and effort in pursuit of his passion, sometimes traveling alone in the hunt for the perfect shot. Last fall, for example, when he shot scenic photos of aspens in their stunning gold colors. On a personal level, however, when he’s back in the big city, Paul greatly values LIM359 events, where he can put aside all else and just hang out with other members.
Bottom line? Paul enjoys attending LIM359 events for the chance it offers him to interact with other amputees in an unpretentious, straightforward setting. That said, he may well have found a good home for those traits, given the group’s open and unpretentious nature.
Interested in meeting Paul and/or other LIM359 members? The next LIM359 event is afternoon mini golf, April 25, 2015. Hope to see you there!
Are you interested in sharing a little about yourself with other LIM359 members? I can help! I am actively seeking LIM359 members who might wish to make some new acquaintances or even rekindle old ones. Just e-mail me your contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll provide all the details.
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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 email@example.com 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!
2014 was definitely one of the best years of my life to date, but what made the year so special was being able to really be part of my family again!
After high school, I was dying to move away and start life on my own. Though my family was sad to see me go, I was more than prepared to spend time away and was even okay knowing that I wouldn’t see them very often. Once I was done with my degree, I left my home state of Florida and moved further away to Oklahoma City. That was probably far enough from my family but I wasn’t done moving yet. I ended up putting even more distance between my family and I to start a job in Denver.
I didn’t realize how important my family was to me until I was so far away that I didn’t really get to be part of them. My youngest brother, Sam, started middle school and my sister, Susie, was in her last year of high school. I couldn’t help but think how I was missing out on all of their special experiences.
When I had an opportunity to move closer to home, I jumped at the chance. Though it was a big, expensive and tear-filled move, I made my way down to Tallahassee where I’m less than three hours from my family. Now I get to go to family birthday parties and band concerts. I get to spend time getting to know my youngest brother and actually my oldest brother too! It’s amazing to me how you can grow up together and still feel like there is more to know about a sibling. My sister and I get to be best friends now, which is something we have struggled to do for years.
All in all, I’ve had too many wonderful experiences to count from 2014, but my favorite of all of them was finding out that my family is where my heart is!
Learn more about Whitney here.
It’s hard to believe that we held our very first LIM359 event in Denver just 18 short months ago! Check out the pictures from that lovely June picnic & relive the memories at http://lim359.wordpress.com/61413-potluck-picnic/