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I Am An Amputee

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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 3 Responses May 28, 2012

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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 71 Responses Jul 21, 2009

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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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    Hi its been nearly a year

    since i lost my arms and 2 years since i lost my legs and been cancer free for a year too. It has taken a lot to get use to life as a quadruple amputee, but me and my partner are getting there. My friends and family have been a huge support and been there for us as i need full...
    91bhill 91bhill 22-25, M 1 Response May 1

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    I was 27 when I became an right leg AK amputee.

    I am 55 now and sometimes it still doesn't seem like it happened to me. I mean what are the odds? I was a machinist/mechanic. I still do that type of work but now I run a dental lab in Great Falls, MT. Matt
    izaaks101 izaaks101 56-60, M Dec 11, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I was born with an incomplete arm

    so I have been an amputee all my life. Of course I got used to it but still it's hard sometimes to explain my situation to others. I have a prosthesis which makes it easier cause people don't pay attention but still, I guess why I'm feeling this way is because I know no one who...
    Marioom94 Marioom94 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 3, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    "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, 2014

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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 9 Responses Jun 9, 2010

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    "legless,and Getting Used To It!"...

    ....You haven't seen me for a while,but,I have a reasonable excuse! In the past few months,I have been suffering excrutiating pain in my legs,leading up to the end of last month when I decided Enough was enough! ....A family member drove me to hospital and after a fast change...
    mzdivine mzdivine 56-60 17 Responses Sep 29, 2011

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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, 2014

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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 5 Responses Aug 25, 2014

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    I was born missing my right hand

    so growing up I've always felt anxious when it came to dating "normal" people. When is it the right time to let them know?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 22

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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 2 Responses Aug 20, 2012

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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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    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 8 Responses Jun 29, 2012

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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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    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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    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, 2014

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    Hi! my name is SJ and I am an amputee.

    I have been an amputee since I was 12 along with my girlfriend. Rachel (my girlfriend) and myself were on a small wood rollercoaster at the local rent a park just out of town. We were in the front car when a section of the track broke and sent our car crashing into another part...
    ladykiller44b ladykiller44b 22-25, M Mar 15

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2014

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    Anyone know a good prosthetist in the Dallas

    area? Bilateral bka here. :-)
    elephantfan elephantfan 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 24, 2014

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    I am a bilateral bka

    and I am going to buy some new suspension sleeves. Any suggestions about which ones have lasted the longest for you? Interested in comfort too.
    elephantfan elephantfan 22-25, F Apr 30

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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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    Hi Friends , Myself srikantha

    and am both arm amputee from 6/2/2014,due to factory accident while working. My left hand four fingers were amputed and after that double toe transplant has been done,but for my right hand below elbow is the amputed level.can u pls suggest the good prosthetic hand with...
    srikanthaap srikanthaap 26-30, M May 8

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    I am actually not an amputee.

    But I am going to college to study biomedical engineering and am very interested in prosthetics. If any of you have suggestions on improvements for your current prosthetics or just stories about them id be happy to listen.
    justme1996 justme1996 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 30

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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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    Hey everyone. Another update.

    (For those of you who don't know I had both my arms amputated several months ago due to cancer). I won't be able to pursue prosthetics for awhile, it's pretty complicated with amps at my level. Sadly I just can't seem to get flexible enough to do much with my feet. I've got some...
    shelbyr90 shelbyr90 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 30

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    Lost my left leg above knee

    when i was 19. Twenty years now have never missed it. Its allabout making the best of what you have.
    rasikAKA rasikAKA 36-40, M May 8

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 51-55, M 1 Response Oct 10, 2014

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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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    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 153 Responses Mar 26, 2009

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    Hi, I apologise for jumping onto your forum

    firstly. I'm not an amputee myself, however I do support a young lady who is a double below knee amputee. As part of her support, I'm organising a disability awareness day so that staff are more aware of the needs of the lady we support. I was wondering if anyone would be happy...
    HMH29 HMH29 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 28

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    Hi recent amputee here.

    I lost my right leg at the hip two months ago from an assault. Looking for help and support
    tombrokenbones tombrokenbones 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 7

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