Location: Utah
    Your Disability RBK Amputee
    How long have you been an amputee? 0-1 year
    How did you become disabled? A car hit me, severing my leg on impact
    What type(s) of prosthesis do you use? Don't have one yet

    It's been a while....

    Friday, January 4, 2013, 1:26 AM [General]

    I haven't been on this site in a lonnnnng time! Just figured out what my log in information is again, so that's good :) I'm almost to the 3 year mark of being an amputee, and after many many long months of problems, 30 surgeries, & intense rehab, I am FINALLY walking!!! I can walk around a mall without needing a cane & although my walk isn't perfect yet, I am happy with where I am right now. Just the other week I parked in a handicap spot & was reprimanded by someone who didn't think I was disabled :) All of my hard work paying off! I guess from here on I will get a finalized prosthetic & then start to learn to run again. 

    There were many days I never thought I would get to this point, but thankfully I never gave up. I didn't listen to doctors who said I would never be able to walk without a cane. I kept going to my physical therapist. I kept strength training & working on it--so  to those who are at that place in their recovery where they feel nothing they do will help get them to where they want to be--DON'T GIVE UP!

    Thanks for all the messages & encouragement. This is a great place for people who need to hear that they are not alone. May 2013 be great for us all :)



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    Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 4:14 AM [General]

    Never would I have ever thought I would end up here, writing this paragraph and letting you all read it. On February 9th of this year my life completely changed. I was on a road trip  to Denver Colorado for an interview with Skywest to be a flight attendant. I was so very excited about the idea of getting this job. I love to travel. This would have been perfect for me. My friend and I arrived the day before the interview was supposed to take place so we decided to do a little scenic travel to Eldorado canyon in Boulder. We parked alongside the small road a ways up and I hopped out to get some warmer pants out of the trunk of the car. The next thing I knew I heard someone calling to watch out and then my friend Lisel screamed my name. I looked behind me and a car was inches away and within a split second I was hit. I fell to the ground, looked down, and my right leg was gone...off...only attached by a little piece of flesh. So, hello, my name is Emily and I am now an amputee. As I write this I am still in the hospital awaiting my 14th surgery which is in some odd hours. I am so grateful for my life as I was minutes away from bleeding to death. I never lost consciouness though, and everyday I relive that hour of terror in my mind. It has been such a whirlwind of emotions. So much pain; physically, mentally, spirtually, and emotionally, but, at least I can feel that--many people in my situation don't get to live to feel that. I want nothing more than to walk again, and I know this is not going to be an easy journey, but I do like journey's so I want to share this all with you. Because only people on this site, reading this paragraph, who have been where I am now, can ever know what this is like.

    With love and hope


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    Oh Emily, I feel for you about being pretty part. I feel robbed. Fortunately I have a prosthesis and over-the-knee boots are really in fashion RIGHT NOW! so, if I were you I'd buy them up, with heels no higher than 2 1/2 inches so that when you do finally get your prosthesis you can buy the Freedom Innovations Runway foot - it is adjustable up to 1 1/2 inches to allow for a heeled shoe or boot.

    December 30, 2010
    2:00 AM
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    Hi, I used to get real bad pain and the thing of it is that sometimes I still do. Found out a long time ago that a nice hot bath helps when you're hurting at night. Also a bowl of cereal, but brush your teeth after! I was 16 when I got the cancer, the radiation, and the knife. Messed me up psychologically as well as physically, and it took a while and some kind women to help me get over it. Hope you find a kind man, something tells me you will.

    September 13, 2010
    11:12 AM
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    Dear emily, Greetings from the Northwoods of Central Wisconsin. I can tell that you're going through a hard time with trying to wait for a new artifical leg. I had to wait as well. For me I was actually born without a right leg. All I had was the back femor for a bone for them to use to make my legs with. By the time I was around 4-8 months old, I was learnging how to walk with them more than being able to crawl. So I've had my leg for quite some time. A lot of women that I know that have gone through the same thing asking themselves or their loved ones, if they're still "pretty enough" even though they've lost a limb. And to be honest with you, for what you're going through is more of a psycological thing than anything. It'll take some time to get used to using the artifical leg as well. One of the best ones that I've gotten to use this past year and had my insurance company get for me is the new C-leg that's made by otto-bock. This leg has made me more mobile than anything that I've used in my entire life. Plus I was also able to "decorate" my own leg socket as well. I ended up putting my security badge on the socket and showed it to my boss who loved it. Once you've learned how to not only use the leg but also deal with it you'll be just fine. Also to let you know I'm on face book as well ok? hope to see you soon on facebook.-Jesse Frederick Merrill, Wi

    July 15, 2010
    11:49 AM
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    Emily- I lost my left leg Feb last year in almost the same type of incident. I was changing a tire, and was hit by a car. It severed my left leg on impact and like yours, only a piece of skin or tendon held it on. My right leg was broken in two, but was saved. I would have bled out, but two men stopped and put a torniquet on me. It sounds like you have really had some challenges with the surguries. I have only had to go thru 3, and I dont think I experianced your degree of pain. Once you get past all of that, just never look back. Life changes but we are survivors, and I just thank God to be alive. I will say a prayer that you get better. Best wishes. Add me to your friends if you would like.

    May 8, 2010
    3:11 AM
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