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    After this past year of craziness re fittings,

    I'm heading out to FL to POA. I think their brand of socket may be the answer. I've been looking for solutions for over 40 years. I'm convinced this is going to help. Excited and scared. Good luck to everyone out there!
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 1 Response Aug 22

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    Ok then, update. During the operation to remove

    my leg they discovered I had bone cancer. The next day the had to remove my infected bone to stop them from polluting my blood. They took every bone in my legs and some hip bones, 3 ribs and I'm going to get the results back on the rest of my body later today. My skin is...
    beargirlsurvivor beargirlsurvivor 22-25, F Feb 12

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    double amputee lost legs four fingers

    and one thumb due to prostate biopsy gone bad went septic. Was in hospital six months lost my job now on disability.
    michaelolga michaelolga 46-50, M Jan 10

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    Never To Give Up

    One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited...
    Thedreameryoungman Thedreameryoungman 22-25, M 8 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    I Looked Down And My Arm Was Gone

    I was in a freak bus accident where the bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. I had my arm against the window cause I was resting. Then I heard a loud bang and the bus had tipped over. I felt something funny in my right arm that I couldn't make out at that point. When I reached...
    DebsMoDJazmyn DebsMoDJazmyn 22-25, F 4 Responses May 28, 2012

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    I lost my leg in a motorcycle accident

    when I was 21 after 4 years I cant say I have done the imposible to back to my life I didnt tell anyone about my accident and focus on my recovering after 8 month my prosthetic leg was ready after a week I started walking after a month working and after two months went out with...
    sweetxo sweetxo 22-25, F 3 Responses Feb 10

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    Voluntary Amputation

    my story is a bit out of the norm. for 11 years i have been suffering from excruciatingly painful ulcers on my left leg. it started when on nov. 5th 2000, i woke up with a dvt. there was no injury so blood tests were done and it was discovered that i had a factor V leiden...
    donaldmyduck donaldmyduck 46-50 8 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    It's Not What You Lose.....

    Hello out there! I lost most of my right leg 25 years ago after a bad infection after simple knee surgery. I was 15 at the time and thought my world had ended. Life continued to drag me along and after a while I thought I better go along for the ride. I am now happily married (13...
    Candiceborz Candiceborz 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 12, 2010

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    "Devotees" Lately, I've been receiving emails

    on EP having to do with my being an amputee. Most of them have been from devotees. Here's what's at the heart of the issue for me: I lost my leg as a teen. I've always had men in my life who were interested in me and most of them have been good people. One of the more...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 1 Response May 11

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    My name is Marion. My daughter,

    Lauren, who is 19, had both of her arms amputated (DSD) last month as the result of an absolutely horrific car accident. The others in the car suffered relatively minor injuries, thankfully. I know this is an extremely rare level of amputations, and I've struggled to find...
    znarkm znarkm 51-55, F 8 Responses May 17

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    Osteomylitis

    I lost my outer two toes on the right foot to osteomylitis. I did not walk for almost a year and had IV antibiotics for three months. It was staph, my second infection. The first was cleared by vancomyicin. The second infections, the Doctors did not mess around, they cut the...
    xxorama xxorama 46-50, M 3 Responses Apr 6, 2012

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    Been Multi Amputee Since Baby.

    hi im Dayton i am 14, and i have been a quad amputee since i was 11 months old. when i was a baby i got a bacterial infection. i still do things my brothers and friends do. i been wresting for over 5 years now. i hunt with my dad. being like this only thing i know and i dont...
    DaytonW14 DaytonW14 13-15, M 3 Responses Aug 20, 2012

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    A New Double Amputee

    I was run over by a motor boat (that entered a protected area illegaly) while waterskiing on a lake in May of this year. Both my legs had to be amputated through my knees. I was eventually fitted with full-length prostheses and learned to walk with 2 canes, but I can't walk well...
    JaneyM JaneyM 41-45, F 16 Responses Dec 20, 2007

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    I Am An Amputee

    It's 7am and here I am writing about my own amputee experience. I was born without my femur bone but had a foot. However, they had to amputate my foot in order for me to be able to walk on a prosthesis. Let me tell you...for me-it has been the hardest thing I have had to endure...
    champjessica champjessica 31-35, F 8 Responses Nov 26, 2013

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    I was diagnosed with malignant

    tumors-osteosarcoma- in both of my arms about a a year and a half ago. They were localized, and treated with radiation. The treatment was successful until my scan 4 months ago showed new growth-much more aggressive than last time and not nearly as responsive to radiation or even...
    shelbyr90 shelbyr90 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 10

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    Penis Amputation (penectomy) As A Child

    Hello everyone, I posted this on youtube already but I wanted to share this on here too. This incident really changed my life. It all happened when I was 12 years old. I had that condition with my foreskin, where it sticks to your glans, which is quite common in uncircumcised...
    timpeters timpeters 18-21 7 Responses Nov 3, 2011

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    If anyone is going to understand my situation

    you best read my other stories and i will still answer any questions you have but I was given the choice of wait for a kidney or lose my legs close to the hip because my body could no longer support the use of my legs with the one damaged kidney that i had left so. I spent all...
    sammyfallback sammyfallback 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    Amputee and Humor

    I have been called many names in my life, but I recently came across one that I found to be quite exceptional; not because it was extremely cruel (which it was), but because I found it to be quite humurous.   The term was "nugget," and it was used to...
    Wordy Wordy 18-21 14 Responses Nov 6, 2008

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    On February 14th , Yes on Valentines day ,

    the day that is suppose to be full of love , and joy , and being with one another , s a day for me that was full of blood and guns, and people panicking . it was a normal day like any other , my mother went to work in the morning and i sat home i had just got out the shower...
    MaryJane842 MaryJane842 18-21, F Mar 9

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    November 28, 2008

             It all started as a normal day November 28, 2008. Was a day like any other, I at my friends farm helping to harvest or pick field corn -- he uses to raise steers for butcher. So,I was in the field next to his farm using a one-row corn picker. In addition, it...
    cjpsf5 cjpsf5 41-45, M 155 Responses Mar 26, 2009

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    "Lemonade" What a wild year it has been.

    New prosthetic service provider who put me through a lot of grief. On-going struggles to communicate effectively with him. Dealing with comments and intrusive questions from people who care - some who are just curious. There is an upside to all this: I learned a great deal...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F 2 Responses Jul 6

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    I posted awhile back about having osteosarcoma

    and facing bilateral arm amputation. About a week after that I made the decision to go through with it, and my left arm was amputated right at the elbow, and my right arm was amputated midway between elbow and shoulder. However, after another scan to make sure the cancer was...
    shelbyr90 shelbyr90 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 10

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    Hi I'm a very new amputee

    after just having surgery 5 days ago on my legs. They were both amputated 3" above the knee and already progress is good. No infections,(hideous scars though) and healing nicely with only minimal bleeding. It feels really odd as in I don't feel anything. I'm still dosed up on...
    iamsodead iamsodead 16-17, M 4 Responses Oct 1

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    I Am A Quadruple Amputee Congenital

    I am a 30 year old congenital quadruple amputee. My arms and legs never developed when I was in my mothers womb and I was born without them. I have had many challenges due to my condition and life has been difficult for me. I nevertheless am happy I am the way I am.
    Quadrupleamputee Quadrupleamputee 16-17 7 Responses Mar 24, 2010

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    On june 11 2014 my girlfriend

    and I were riding home after work around 10:30 pm on a hilly county road , coming up to the top of a hill i seen one set of headlights then another set passing the first . I had such little time to react I remember not wanting to go into the ditch not knowing where the culverts...
    blahbla43 blahbla43 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 14

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    Hi since I last posted on here I have gone

    through several surgeries and have ended up having both arms amputated at the shoulders. I have been a quadruple amputee for a couple of months now and having to get use to people doing everything for me. I have been told I can't be fitted with prosthetic legs or arms as I have...
    91bhill 91bhill 22-25, M 2 Responses Aug 25

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    My Nubbie!

    Kay, long bloody story short. I was twelve years old when I was in a car accident and lost my right arm, two inches below my shoulder. So it's basically just a nub now. I love my nubbie, it's part of who I am. It's been about three years since I lost my arm and I keep moving...
    OneArmedWonder OneArmedWonder 16-17, F 4 Responses Mar 11, 2013

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    Am I Beautiful?

    ok so today i found out that my boyfriend was cheating on me with another girl! I confronted him and he simply told me that he thought that this girl was better and prittier then me! i was so hurt. I mean i think anyone would be? I just dont understand if he thought that i was...
    Olivia67 Olivia67 16-17, F 73 Responses Jul 21, 2009

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    I've spent the last couple of weeks at POA of

    Central FL. In two short weeks I am now painless when I walk. My weak side is stronger and I stand more upright. My gait is more natural and my hope has returned. Walking isn't a fight now. It takes concentration at times to fire muscles that haven't been used in years but...
    purplepiano25 purplepiano25 56-60, F Oct 21

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    Hey I Can Do Whatever I Want! I'm Not A Cripple!

    Hey ya'll! My name's Scout! I'm 14 years old and I only have one arm. When I was three years old I was in a car accident with my dad. We were driving to my older brother's Jr. High school graduation. My mom and Aunt were already there, I'm the youngest. Then a Drunk Driver...
    EttaScout EttaScout 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 25, 2012

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    Whole World Turned Upside Down

    i am a recent amptuee right leg below the knee with RSD in te numb as well.  i was a heavy const worker and in sept of 09 a i beam fell and hit me 7 times crushing me from head to toes both legs and feet were crushed but so far they managed to save the left one but had to...
    marko6869 marko6869 51-55, M 6 Responses Jul 27, 2010

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    I lost my lower left leg due to Hepatitis C

    and it's treatment. Long story. If you want to her it I'll tell you sometime. I'm here to her stories similar to mine. I lost my leg on 2/18/2007. Thanks, Vickie.
    eskimovick eskimovick 56-60, F 1 Response Jan 13

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    I have been an above knee amputee

    for three years now. Though it was my decision to be an amputee I never really knew how hard it would be. I have been through soo very very much in my life so i figured this would be just another hurdle. In many ways I have kept my true self. To others I seem strong. I am strong...
    justshawn77 justshawn77 31-35, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    Double Amputee Handbook For Girls

    I have been asked to write an article to be used for younger women who find themselves in the same boat as myself. It is to be translated into a number of languages. I would appreciate any input if folks have something to add or make comment on. Thank you...
    deleted deleted 26-30 13 Responses Feb 3, 2013

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    You Don't Think About How Important Something Is Until Its Gone.

    I lost both of my legs at the hips, 2 years ago in a motorcycle crash. I was riding with a group of friends and a drunk driver in a pickup ran a red light, he t-boned me and shoved my bike into the guardrail. my left leg was crushed and amputated at the hospital just...
    annie412002 annie412002 22-25, F 10 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    I Have Been An Amputee For 22 Years

    That sounds like a really long time to be an amputee. I was born with a right leg that didn't develop correct. My parents had to choose to amputate or try surgeries that might have fixed my leg. They thought it would be better to learn to use a prosthetic leg. I am grateful that...
    Kristielu Kristielu 22-25, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2012

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    Further update. Op went well.

    I'm on chemo right now. I feel like crap but I am going to get through this. I've been through worse What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
    beargirlsurvivor beargirlsurvivor 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    I was born a healthy baby girl nothing wrong

    with me. Same went for my boyfriend Steve. We only became amputees in 8th grade. We were on a farris wheel at the county fair. One of those up for day on the road the next farris wheels. Then the farris wheel collapsed. We were near the top going down when it happened. We went...
    lindsey1998 lindsey1998 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 21

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    I'm about to go into hospital to have my leg

    above the knee amputated. It's gotten to the stage that I'm never going to use it again, so in order for me to ever use prosthetics I need to have it gone. But the doctors have asked me to help them do an experiment. They want to perform this operation with me awake and viewing...
    beargirlsurvivor beargirlsurvivor 22-25, F Feb 7

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    Love My Stumps

    hi...i'm Rose..i was leading my life as a model as wel as a student..i was so happy thos days..there wer many ppl wo admin me..my beauty attracts mny..thought tat i;m a luck girl..life was moving very smoothly..but fate played wit me suddenly.. one fine day whil returning to my...
    1aroa 1aroa 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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    Just woke up this afternoon

    after getting my arms amputated at the shoulder. Huge bandages round me
    mikeybbb mikeybbb 18-21, M 4 Responses Jan 1

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    I lost my leg in July 2012.

    It was the most sad - changing day of my life! I lost it to lost of circulation to my lower limbs & blood clots & infection , got gane green from surgery! I went in for a routine surgery & came out like this a month later! Spent 5months n icu & spent 3 more going around the...
    Alwayssmile2002 Alwayssmile2002 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 16

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    So I thought it would be good to introduce

    myself. I've been a bilateral bka for a couple of years now. I'm also a college student and an adventurer! I do mountain biking, rock climbing competitively, whitewater kayaking, running, hiking, I play soccer for one of my school's intramural team (I'm on the med school's team...
    elephantfan elephantfan 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 7

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    After suffering major trauma

    and I lost the parts in my man area there is a high chance I will now lose both my legs at the hip due to infection that was cause because I didn't get help soon enough. The infection has reached bone at the femur neck. My lower area stinks. Alot of the fluids that went through...
    theghostofsummerpast theghostofsummerpast 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    need one more surgery

    after Christmas
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 13, 2013

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    I lost my legs, penis

    and genitals in a car crash. They thought at first they could save my legs with 18 surgeries but they didn't work. I'm now really struggling with the loss of my privates. My legs were taken completely along with half most of my buttocks, several parts of the hips. So in my...
    mikeybbb mikeybbb 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 26, 2013

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    Went to my prosthesis today.

    Made a small adjustment to back of socket. Got rid of the pressure. They also made me a spare leg. In case of any amputee truck drivers out there, it is a D.O.T. Requirement to have a spare prosthetic with you while driving a truck. I'm back on the road Tuesday getting ready for...
    stumpy325 stumpy325 46-50, M Oct 10

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    Hello, I am an incredibly rare amputee

    because I have had a hemicorporectomy which means I have had everything below the waist removed. Legs, pelvic bones, genitalia, anus and rectum removed as well as my spleen and part of my intestine and one kidney. This was because two years ago I had became extremely dehydrated...
    amyamputee amyamputee 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 22

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    If you're going to understand this you best

    look at my other experiences. A brilliant thing happened yesterday. My spinal cord had not been damaged so yesterday they removed my leg casts, put me in a walking brace and I walked to the toilet. Unfortunately however my weak bones could only go far before my femur collapsed...
    Ninjalambo Ninjalambo 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 26

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    Lost Both My Arms Above The Elbow In 2012

    In January of 2012 I had to have both of my arms amputated above the elbow because infections from my arms being burned while I was camping. I have two prosthetic hooks now, but I still struggle with the little things. I can type well though, even if it takes awhile. I'm only in...
    leigh1216 leigh1216 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 10, 2013

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    A Funny Thing Happened In The Hospital

    A couple of years ago I developed a very painful condition in my only foot that required surgery. As I was being preped the nurse walked up with a Sharpie (marker) and told me she needed to mark the foot that needed surgery so the surgeon would be sure he cut the correct foot. I...
    krool1969 krool1969 41-45, M 5 Responses Mar 9, 2012

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    All my life I suffered with a condition

    now known as BIID where the perception of the body is different that reality. In my case, I knew I was supposed to be an amputee. For others it might be blindness, paraplegia, or other disability. It might even be combinations of multiples disabilities. Little is known about the...
    PeggyBuxton PeggyBuxton 51-55, F 3 Responses Dec 11, 2013

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    Lovely Incident Behind That Accident

    there is lovely,but tragic story behind my accident.. Jack,he is my best friend..from schools wee studied together..we both wer soo much close,which makes other friends jealous..those days he got committed with one girl in our college..i lik to call her as "jerk"..she is such a...
    1aroa 1aroa 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 30, 2012

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