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Lost a Limb, Found Myself

   In April of this year, I lost the lower part of my leg to a below the knee amputation.  My partner, in one of her mentally abusive phases, and two people we were staying with, contributed to this problem by keeping me scared and confused.  We had moved half way across the country for a new start, and the stress of the trip, coupled with daibetes and filthy living conditions contributed to the start of a nasty staph infection that eventaully turned to gangrene, and totally destroyed my left foot.  By the time I felt I was in a safe space to be treated, the foot was dead, and gone down to bare bone in some places.  the amputation was done in two stages, the infection was so bad.  the first merely opened the leg up by removing the foot, to allow the infection to be wicked out , and give us a chance to save the rest of the leg, below the knee.

    I have grown a lot since the amputation.  I adapted well to the wheelchair, found my voice to speak up with, for myself, and the courage to offer my experiences to others, in order to help them come to terms.

    People feel I am amazing.  Not really.  I just did what I had to  do.  In order to get past the wheelchair, to the prosthetic, I had to live the entire experience, embrace the changes, adapt to them, and realize I was still a viable human being.  I even find jokes to crack about the situation.

JadedPoet JadedPoet 46-50, F 6 Responses Oct 18, 2007

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I hope that you have move forward with your life, You sound like you have lots personality. I too am an amputee, 38 years ago

It is not an easy task to take the bull by the horns and adapt to your new changes. I admire you and your tenacity. My mother recently became a bk amputee and will soon come to live with me after rehab. I don't know what to expect or how to help her, but suppose it will come through trial and error. Will she require a special bed? Wheelchair? Hope to discuss soon with her physicians. Best of luck to you and keep hold of your spirit!

a friend of mine just lost the lower part of his leg this week ( hes 18) i waas wondering are there any activities or anything we could do that would help him adapt to this new challenge in his life?

Thank you for sharing your story and your strength. Just recently I've gotten the news that I will need a BK amputation. Looking for info and strength I found this site and cannot thank everyone here enough for sharing from the heart.

Thank you for sharing your story and your strength. Just recently I've gotten the news that I will need a BK amputation. Looking for info and strength I found this site and cannot thank everyone here enough for sharing from the heart.

I myself found myself with a similar infection...it is inspiring to hear someone else's story and know they have lived through all of the pain and fear. Good for you...you are strong and courageous!Be blessed and always think of yourself as amazing because you are! There are many things that we can still do and things we will find we can do really well...Compassion and understanding come easiest for me and I find that I want to help others more than ever now that my leg is gone. Who knows what we can be? Stay strong!